Because I’m Not Really a Professional Athlete…

At least, not at my day job.

Seriously though. I played basketball last night, hurt leg and all, and on second thought – it was probably not a very good idea.

I stretched, took ibuprofen, warmed up for a long time, and it still just plain hurt, and it hurt the entire night. But, there were only 8 guys total that showed, so I kind of had to play, even if it was just to take up space on the floor. If I didn’t play, nobody could play (at least not full court).

So, I was a trooper and limped around the court as best I could.

What was not so smart was that by trying to run & play ball, I was putting a lot of undue stress and wear & tear on my good leg, as well as stressing my foot, ankle, knee, hip & whatever else it all attaches to. I just was not running regular, and I could feel that I was really stressing things by trying to compete even though I was hurt. It was a no good situation in terms of potential injury to things above and beyond my sore leg.

I can’t fathom how professional athletes do it. During the season, unless they get seriously injured, they don’t get a break. Granted, they have a team of sports specialists that are paid to take care of their injuries for them – special treatments, ice downs, stretches & rehabilitation exercises, drug therapy, massages, the whole nine yards. BUT – they still play through pain! Incredible.

I simply could not convince my leg to cooperate, even though I knew there was no serious injury – it was just sore! But for the life of me, I just could not will it to go through the regular motions.

timeoutSo, I’m calling an injury time out, and will take it a bit easy until the leg feels better. I do plan to be back on the court next Tuesday, and will do some good walking/jogging in the next few days if my leg starts feeling better.

In the meantime, I’ll try to do some resistance exercises – maybe some weights or something.

This also makes me think about what the heck I would do if I had some kind of serious injury – broken leg or ankle or something like that. I mean, what can you do to raise your heart rate that doesn’t involve your legs somehow?

Yesterday was also a site change day, and I tried a couple more suggestions from my support team (that would be all of you out there!). I’ll put something together and give you all an update very soon.

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Scott K. Johnson

Patient voice, speaker, writer, advocate. Living life with diabetes and telling my story. Patient Success Manager, USA for mySugr (All opinions expressed are my own and do not necessarily represent the position of my employer).

Diagnosed in April of 1980, I recognize the incredible mental struggle of living with diabetes. Read more…