It has been a long and frustrating month but thankfully I can say that I'm on the mend. I told a little while ago that I was set to start doing some light chair work and start back in the gym. True to my word, at the start of the month I was back in the gym and on court doing light sessions - light being an understatement!
My court sessions have involved simple pushing exercises up and down the court to stop me stiffening up. And the gym, well, that has been constant thera band work. For those of you that don't know, a thera band is basically a long snapped elastic band used for stretching and working on small muscles and is often used as a warm up. Twice a day for the last month, as part of my rehab, I've been doing an hour session on the thera band to get my scapular (shoulder blade) and the right muscles moving correctly. I can assure you that it does get very very boring! You would have thought that because I was back around the guys in the gym and on court it wouldn't have been that bad but all it did was frustrate me even more. I kept asking the physio daily if I was ready to go back into full training but I was always told "No" and to stop rushing and continue with the thera band work. To give you a sense of where my shoulder rehab was going at this point, I tried to do a single press up and collapsed into a heap on the floor - and there I was asking to get back to playing!
I knew deep down that the physio was right and that I needed to be patient. A few weeks down the line, I'm feeling the benefits of the thera band work and I have started back in training. In fact, I have even started doing weights again. I shoulder pressed 25KG, which is only a little short of the 28KG I was doing before my operation so it's a step in the right direction. I have been told that I'll be back in full training within the next 10 days and I can't wait!
Just a quick final note. I'm going to be adding a Q&A section to my blog so if any of you have any questions for me please send an email to email@example.com with the subject 'Q&A' or leave a message on Papworth Trust's Facebook wall (you need to 'like' it first), and I'll try to answer as many as possible in my next blog. I'm hoping that this could become a regular theme so I need your help with some really fun and interesting questions. Feel free to ask me anything you want whether it be basketball related or not. I can't wait to hear from you!