Occassional thoughts about orienteering
Wednesday, February 26, 2003
Competing while injuredCompeting while injured is scary.
I was watching a basketball game tonight where one of the players, Wayne Simien, was playing with an injured shoulder. About six weeks ago he dislocated his shoulder in a game. He missed a month or so, but has played in the last three or four games.
In tonight's game his shoulder popped out again. He put up his arms to defend against a player who was driving toward the basket. Suddenly, Wayne let out a yelp, his shoulder dropped and he grabbed his arm. It wasn't pretty. You could see that the shoulder was not right.
Apparently doctors have cleared Wayne to play and say that he won't do any further damage, though he will have surgery after the season. So he has been playing hurt.
Orienteers have been known to compete while hurt. I've got a bit of experience competing as I was recovering from tearing up my leg.
Orienteering is probably a good sport for competing while injured since you're alone and set your pace yourself. It is relatively easy to take it easy. It also helps that orienteers compete in forgiving surroundings -- the forest is a lot easier on you than a road (though I guess the chance of falling or turning an ankle is high).
In my experience, the most difficult part of coming back from my injury has been mental. I'm struggling with feeling comfortable and confident while running in the woods. I'm getting better and better, but it has taken a long time.
I hope Wayne doesn't start to feel uncomfortable on the basketball court. posted by Michael | 8:51 PM
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