Susie’s Story: This past February I found out I had a slight tear in my MCL (it’s the same tear Jay Cutler had when he failed the Bears – LOL). I can attest that it is quite painful. I’m not sure how or when I tore it, but it was a minor tear causing a lot of pain. There were a couple of things that were worrying me. First and foremost, I consider myself a weightlifter and in the snatch and clean and jerk it’s about squatting and ‘quitting’ or ‘giving up’ on weightlifting literally. My second thought was what did I do to fail my body and have it get hurt because afterall, I didn’t get injured in an accident. It happened during my training so there was something in my movement that wasn’t ok.
I got assessed right away by a doctor because I do not play when it comes to my health. Unfortunately, this was right before the Crossfit Open which meant I couldn’t proceed with treatment right away and had to wait for the five weeks to pass before I did what I had to do. Now I am not a patient person. I also don’t resign myself to reality very well, and I hate when I can’t train as I normally do. Recovering meant I was putting faith in people where 2 out of 3 of them did not know me and it made me feel out of control with my whole body. There were some tears (which is common if you know me) and some pouting, but I also had to be active in my recovery and trusted that the professionals and my coach were going to steer me in the right direction; I was seeing my doctor once every 2 weeks, a chiropractor and PT 2-3 times a week and got modified programming from Angelo. The last one hurt because it meant no full Olympic lifts, no squats and lots of boring core and activation work. But if you know me at all, you know I do what I have to do no matter what I think of it because I’m investing confidence in people who are trying to help me.
Now let’s fast forward. I didn’t squat for 18 weeks! Let that simmer. 18 weeks of not doing my favorite thing! I did accessory lifts for the snatch and clean for 16 weeks and did more conditioning than I have ever cared to do. So I was obsessive with my treatment and training, and now I am pain free. My knee is better and while I lost some strength and the timing in my lifts is a little off, I am glad to not have pain anymore. Moving forward, I’ll make sure to warm up correctly and activate but also be vigilant about moving well and correctly. At times we have to sacrifice our time and things we love to get back on the healthy track, but I know that I train with longevity in mind and being hurt is not an ideal situation. Trusting the professionals and doing what they say is how you can actually take the reins back on your fitness and in life.