Posts Tagged ‘injuries’

Recovering After a Barefoot Injury

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

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As you might know last August I dislocated my shoulder on jumping, it happened in Texas during the the team training, 2 days before the world’s began. Such a frustration after months of getting ready for the biggest competition of the next 2 years, travelling that far from my country to be injured on the first set. Even if I could not plan what would happen, that would have to be the worst experience as a skier, so much invested time for nothing. Instead of pain what’s kills me more was seeing all those peoples that you met all along your trainings and travels skiing and enjoying there tournament as a skier, and I was just beside them couldn’t do anything but watching.

Back home many poeples were sorry for me. But after that I just had to wait for things to get better.. 6 weeks later I was able to start a physiotherapy to recover, 4 times a week I used to go to get back in a good shape for 3 months. When the physiotherapy  had finished, the skiing season was already done so I couldn’t “test” my shoulder for a while. So far my goal was to get back in shape and make my shoulder stronger but what could I do until the season began? I used to practice in winter times as rugby and gymnastic where forbidden. But I couldn’t wait anymore, I just needed to move so I chose to go back on gym to keep a descent physical activity and it would permit me to find my limits.
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After a couple training sessions I was still feeling pain on my shoulder and gymnastic crave a lot on this, but the more I was going and the more I practice I was feeling better and better so I keep going and looked forward to barefoot. Then I enforced the training and started to work out more and more meanwhile the barefoot season started.

I’m in Florida for two weeks now and I didn’t have the opportunity to ski before I come here because of the very long winter we had in Europe.  I feel so good to ski after an eight-month break, even if I keep having pains sometimes. I don’t give up and manage with it, the most important thing now is I focus on for this year and next Worlds that I don’t want to miss this time!

Clement Maillard

Coming Back to Barefooting After an Injury

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

I recently talked to or read about people in the barefooting sport that are coming back from injuries. I have found from breaking and training horses most of my life, if you’re involved in an activity which involves risk, you are going to have a few bumps, bruises and maybe some surgery along the way.

A Physical Therapist can help you regain function and physical strength to prepare you for the physical aspects of returning to the sport after an injury, but what about mentally? You may find you are apprehensive and lack confidence or maybe just afraid of being injured again. Where are these thoughts and feelings coming from?

When you suffer a traumatic experience with a sports related accident, the episode is imprinted on a primitive part of the brain concerned with self preservation and survival. After that if you’re trying to do the same activity which caused the injury, this part of your brain triggers the survival instinct to fight or flee. Your Nervous System becomes hypervigilant and you worry about everything: i.e. water, driver, boat, etc. This challenges your ability to focus. The body sends out a powerful mix of hormones and neurotransmitters to prepare for fight or flight. This is where all those crazy feelings are coming from.

Know you can gain control!

There are many strategies for a successful comeback. Here’s what works:

Learn breathing techniques, positive words, images, and relaxation exercises.

Eliminate negative thoughts when they creep in with positive thinking. You can do it!

Accept that you had a setback, move on and you will rebuild your confidence and your skills.

Get help from your coaches.

Believe this is a challenge you can tackle and you will succeed.

By: Carol Jackson

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Brody Meskers: To Ski or Not to Ski

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

I started my training for my first World barefoot championships in the spring of 2012.  The month of June, I spent at the World Barefoot Center training almost every day working on slalom, tricks, and jump.  In the beginning of the month I was just doing 180 turns, and by the end of the month, I was able to do some multiple turns.

When I went back to Wisconsin, I skied in the Wisconsin Open and established new PB’s: 3400 tricks and 11.7 slalom.  Entering the month of July, I wanted to take my skiing and training to the next level.  My turns were improving and my slalom was getting faster.

Then two days before a tournament that would help me qualify for the Junior team, I fell while practicing my trick pass.  I felt a big pop in my leg and it was the most pain I have felt in all of my 11 years.  My first thought was that my season was over.

After seeing the doctor, he confirmed that I had severely pulled my hamstring.  I was referred to a physical therapist who told me in order to compete at Worlds I would have to do extensive therapy.  I decided that I was going to go for it all.  So every morning I rode my bike two miles to the health club, did my hour therapy session, and rode my bike home.  Each afternoon, I would also run and swim in the pool.  Then every evening I would do another hour therapy session before bed.

The whole time, all I thought about was being on the water rather than doing all the therapy.  I continued doing the therapy until we left for Nationals.  I was able to get on the water twice to test the strength of my leg, but was very limited on what I was able to do.  I was not able to be competitive due to the limited amount of time I was able to train on the water.  After Nationals, I headed back to the World Barefoot Center to train for Worlds.  My confidence was low and I was fearful of re-injuring my leg.  After a couple of days, my skiing was still sloppy.  Swampy pulled me aside and said I needed to throw caution to the wind and quick favoring my bad leg or go home and call it a season.  At  that point in time, I thought I came too far to give up and go home so I dug deep and trained my heart out.

We left for Worlds hopeful that I could pull it off.  However, I didn’t ski to the level I had hoped to.  I know now that facing adversity and not giving up will make me a better skier and person in the long run.

Brody Meskers