My Hamstring Tear – Listen to Your Body!

Unfortunately this week I learned a lesson the hard way. Your body is a fantastically intelligent thing which should never be underestimated in terms of its capabilities and the biofeedback that it can provide to you. I know I’ve been abit ignorant of what its told me a few time in the past and gotten away with it, but unfortunately this week I paid the price for not listening to my body and subsequently suffered a grade 2 hamstring tear thus effectively ruling out my chances of competing this summer.

Over the last couple of weeks I had been running really well in training but had been picking up the odd little niggle here and there which I’d shrugged off as just one of those things that happens when your training hard. This Thursday night though as I was doing my last session before my first 100m race of the year at the weekend disaster struck!

As I came out of the blocks for my second practice start of the night, I felt the most horrendous pain shoot down the back of my right leg as it felt as if my hamstring was trying to fully detach itself from the thigh bone and heard the gruesome banging sound of it happening. I think it has to be one of the worst pains I’ve ever experience d, with  my leg in excruciating pain I could only lay there head in my hands all I could think was ‘you fool! Why didn’t you just listen to your body?!’ My hamstring had felt a little odd during the warm up that night and as I began to run I sensed it wasn’t quite right some how but foolishly pushed on regardless.

I really hope I can convey the message to you guys to really just listen to what your body is trying to tell you, I genuinely wouldn’t wish an injury like mine upon anyone after experiencing the pain of it myself. I cant help but feel if I had taken care of myself a little more I wouldn’t of found myself in this situation now,  I wish now I’d just rested for a couple of weeks to allow all the little niggles and aches and pains to settle before trying to race and then still having a season to run in. Alternatively now I’m on crutches for the foreseeable future, its expected that full recovery will take 8-10weeks and even then I’ll only be able to jog lightly on it meaning that all my competition plans for this year will have to go out of the window.

I’m now determined to recover and rehab not only my hamstring but my whole body to the point where I am stronger than ever so that I can come out next year injury and ready to attack the 2014 season with renewed motivation and fire. I will try to give any one who’s interested a few updates of my road to recovery as I go, just might take a little while I fear.

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About Roy Barber

‘I am aspiring athlete and fitness enthusiast, currently studying Sport and Exercise Science at Loughborough University, widely regarded as the best course of its type in Europe. I am currently a 3 time County Athletics gold medallist over the sprint disciplines at junior level and am working hard every single day to continually improve myself mentally, physically and athletically. With a great passion for all things fitness and sport, I hope over the coming years to forge a successful and fruitful career in sport, dealing with a variety of aspects such as strength and conditioning, nutrition and recovery. ‘ ‘I ended up at Loughborough studying what I am because I’ve known for a few years now if I was going to go to university, sports science was the degree for me, I’ve always loved sport, PE and learning about all the different areas of science in relation to the human body so it was a natural move for me. In terms of why Loughborough specifically, I always heard great things about the university, I had a relative who came here and loved it, and I was incredibly impressed with the campus when I came on an open day and fell in love with the place. Who inspires me to compete is a more difficult question, I’d have to start by saying my coach who has done a fantastic job in turning me into a 'proper athlete'. I am also inspired by a range of people in my life, from world class athletes to friends and family. Roy Barber is 20 years old and comes from a small Leicestershire town called Market Harborough
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