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First real practice after 9 months

August 27th, 2010 by marina

Hello everybody,

It has been a while since my last update and I couldn’t wait to spread the news!

Returning from my summer holidays, finally the day has come for me to start a new basketball season. So, yesterday all my team’s girls gathered for our first day on a beautiful site where we will do our usual pre-season preparation, running etc. Our trainer has been with us since last year, so he is aware of my situation and I followed a lighter program than the others, but on the same exercises. Started with a walking lap and then jogged another 5 on grass, this was actually my first time I was running. Program also included some 50 meters quick running on various ways (such as slower on first meters then speeding up for the last meters etc) and lots of stretching in between. I was running without any signs of limping or pain, I could do better than I thought and was anxious for, but our trainer kept me on low levels for first time like I was leashed or something, not to overdo it. I still can’t start a sprint on toes very well like I used to, or any exercise on toes, but he told me that I’m in a good shape and that he only needs 15 days to fix my calf, which is still atrophied. He suggested also rubber exercises and double heel raises on a step with my back of the leg hanging out of it, at home. Iced both tendons at the end of the practice.

Today, I feel just great! Not many signs of muscle pain like I thought I’d have after 9 months of doing nothing, my heel and calf feel very nice and comfortable. I feel very optimistic for the future and I can’t tell you how happy I am for being again a part of this team inside the court.

I have had my bad days in the past 9 months, especially at first it has been pretty difficult, and this blog kept me hoping for the best, even if I was not posting anything for days, I was here reading all your experiences.

Wishing you all the best and speak to you soon again!

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  1. normofthenorth said,

    on August 27th, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Sounds great, Marina! :-)

    It also all sounds right, except maybe that “15 days” thing. I’ll believe that when you tell us it actually happened!

  2. jla2010 said,

    on August 27th, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Congratulations Marina. And I agree. This site is an invaluable source of community, education and inspiration. Good luck and keep healing.

  3. marina said,

    on August 28th, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Lol Norm, that’s what I said. First my surgeon told me that it’ ll take me one week, then my physio and now he says he needs 15 days. I told him I need no promises.

    Happy healing to you also jla, it is quite an inspiration indeed!

  4. Teresa said,

    on September 10th, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Marina,
    First off, thanks for the inspiration that I’ve recieved from reading you blog! I also tore my achilles playing baskeball. I have been unable to return to work for the past 12 weeks so it has taken a toll on just about every aspect of my life. I can completely understand your reservations and nervousness about returning to the game. However, I can also relate to that deep down passion that prevents you from staying away from that court. I of course have a long way before I can even think about running let alone playing basketball but it remains in my thoughts. Most people say I need to just accept getting too old for baskeball (28). But that literally depresses me, so I was happy to see I’m not crazy in wanting to continue despite the risk. Thanks again for sharing. I’m sure I’ll still be a bit nervous but I just can’t see letting it go quite yet. :)

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