The athlete and the shin splints
Feb12

The athlete and the shin splints

It’s been more than four months since my younger was considered to be officially recovered from his avulsion fracture of the pelvis and able to do sport again. I would like to say that things have gone smoothly ever since then, but they haven’t. The first month was fine. He was playing football and training with his athletics club. Then he went back to rugby. Within two weeks, he had a problem with his tendons. And I could...

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The avulsion fracture and recovery part 3
Nov18

The avulsion fracture and recovery part 3

Back in June, my son suffered an avulsion fracture on his pelvis. Avulsion fractures are usually related to sport and are more common in young people who are growing quickly. My son’s fracture was caused by pulling a muscle while doing long jump in competition, which pulled his bone away. He was in a lot of pain and was taken to hospital by ambulance. He has made a remarkable recovery since then, but was told he would need to go...

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The avulsion fracture and recovery part 2
Oct07

The avulsion fracture and recovery part 2

Earlier this year, my son suffered an avulsion fracture on his pelvis. Avulsion fractures are usually related to sport and are more common in young people who are growing quickly. My son’s fracture was caused by pulling a muscle while doing long jump, which pulled his bone away. He was in a lot of pain and was taken to hospital by ambulance. He made remarkable progress in his recovery in the first week. You can read about that...

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Walking the Parkrun (like a dog with a cone on its head)
Nov27

Walking the Parkrun (like a dog with a cone on its head)

A few weeks ago, an injury literally stopped me in my tracks. I COULD NOT run. This has never happened before. There’s been pain before. Pain that is advising me not to run, but not pain which has physically stopped me from running. But I had a target. A target which didn’t allow me to stop running. At the stop of the year I told myself I wasn’t going to miss Parkrun for vague reasons. Parkrun was always going to...

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Pokemon Go plus broken toe equals recovery?
Oct04

Pokemon Go plus broken toe equals recovery?

My younger son has been walking on his toes since he was about 4. We have never been able to ascertain why he started it – was it just a habit, which then made him physically unable to walk on the flats of his feet? Or has he been physically unable to walk on the flats of his feet since he was 4? People weren’t designed to walk on their toes. If you put too much pressure on any part of your body, it causes knock-on effects...

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