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May. 4th, 2005

I finally got "injured" in rugby last night. It was bound to happen at some point.

I have not gotten a lot of sleep this past week, so my stamina was flagging as we ran and ran. I dug down deeper, however, and made sure I kept up with the group.

After running and exercises, we did a tackling and ball-possession drill. Two offensive players versus three defensive players, with two more offensive players running in support if the first two failed to score. The first two players were to try to run and pass with the ball to get by the defense. If the ball carrier got tackled, the other guy would form a ruck around him. Then the two support players would run up, one would get the ball out and pass it to the other. I was carrying the ball into a tackle. The tacklers knee smashed into my left quad, compressing it against the bone. I limped off and held myself out of drills for a few minutes.

Later, we did another drill that simulated a scrimmage, except that everything was in close quarters. I was following in support of one of my teammates. When he got tackled, I rucked over him. On the ground I started to fall to the left and -- BOOM! -- someone's leg nailed me in the head. My head and neck whipped sideways hard to the right. I thought for sure I'd be on the ground for several minutes, but fortunately I was able to shake it off and get right back up.

Driving to K's place and then later home was painful. It was hard flexing my leg, and pushing the clutch in was a chore. K asked me if I wanted to ice it down. I declined, but, doctor that she is, she insisted and wrapped some ice in a towel for me. Later I got a brief headache that lasted about 10 seconds. Again, K went into doctor mode, asking if my vision was blurry and other stuff. The headache reappeared a few minutes later, but I just took three Aleve and that took care of that.

The quad is a lot better today. It still is extremely tender, and flexing my leg is irritating, but that's all. And I don't have any headaches or even a stiff neck, so that's a relief.


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May. 4th, 2005 11:45 am (UTC)
Be sure to take it easy on it for a while. Between going to the gym, taking the steps to my fourth floor apartment regularly, and getting a couple of knee injuries in judo, my knees are totally shot. They make funny crunchy noises when I walk up the steps and they get sore in cold weather. It sounds like an old person problem until it actually happens to you. And then it's your problem and it's just sad.

P.S. K sounds like a sweetheart.
May. 4th, 2005 11:52 am (UTC)
She is. Thanks. :)

Problem isn't the knee. It's just that meaty old muscle, my quad. And, since I'm probably starting on the A side this week against a very good Div. I team, I can't afford not to push myself in practice. Fortunately, Thursday practices are usually lighter. We'll do some running, of course, but we'll probably work on technique things and tactics and not do anything very physically demanding.
May. 8th, 2005 04:40 pm (UTC)
Quad Hit
I'll second the advice on caring for your knees, even though that wasn't the problem this time. You probably have a bruise. Treatment is apply cold at first to prevent swelling and reduce pain, then apply heat to reduce the swelling.

I don't think I should print a copy of your post for your mother to read.
May. 9th, 2005 09:04 am (UTC)
Re: Quad Hit
Feel free to tell her. I can't remember if I mentioned it or not.

What I was told by the orthopedist and the physical therapist about my knees is that I need to strengthen the musculature around them and always stretch thoroughly, especially the quads, when I exercise. I always take my stretching very seriously at practices and games. That's really all I can do as far as protecting my knees, short of abstaining from rigorous activity.
May. 10th, 2005 10:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Quad Hit
To build up the proper muscles, take every opportunity to go up stairs and avoid going down stairs. The paradoxical muscle activity associated with going down stairs leaves your knees open to damage.
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