Inuries’r’Us Part II

OK,
My last post I discussed elite athletes getting injured. I gave examples from the most recent issue of Track & Field News.

In case you thought my list from that previous post was selective or unusual… I decided to to go back and just report the some past issues of injuries… just for fun. Again, it doesn’t matter that the names are unfamiliar to many of you (though some should be VERY familiar) – they are all world class athletes from around the world.

April ’09
Javhid Best (surgery elbow and foot)
Jeff Demps (groin surgery)
Franka Dietzsch (foot problems and high blood pressure)
Andrew Howe (thigh)
Barbora Lalakova (Achillles)
Germaine Mason (knee)
Craig Mottram (knee)
Victor Moya (knee)
Natalya Nazarova (surgery both legs)
Rebekah Noble (foot problems)
Mizuki Noguchi (thigh)
Reina-Flor Okori (rupture ACL)
Dayron Robles (hamstring)
Nicola Sanders (knee, hamstring, quad)
Rutger Smith (bad back)
Matt Tegenkamp (knee)
Richard Thompson (car crash)

May’09
Kenenisa Bekele – world record holder (ankle stress fracture)
Sileshi Sihine & Tirunesh Dibaba – Kenya (undisclosed long-term injuries)
Tyson Gay (knee) … and past weeks has run 9.7+ 100m !!!!!!
Jason Richardson (hamstring)
Steve Hooker – Olympic vault gold medalist (knee)
Bernard Lagat (ankle turn)
Katie Morgan (hamstring)
Paula Radcliffe (toe).. nope not a misprint or duplicate!
Chritian Smith (mono)
June ’09
Veronica Campbell-Brown (severe inflammation of toe)
Perdita Felicien (foot injury)
Brie Felnagle (bad allergy problem)
Jordan Hasay (sinus infection)
Andrew Howe (Achilles tendon)
Lolo Jones – US hurdle champion (hamstring)
Carolina Kluft (stress fracture) – yes she was in the last list with a hamstring issue….
Paula Radcliffe (bunyon removal)
Jana Rawlinson (calf)
Nick Willis (hip injury)

July ’09
AJ Acosta (stress fracture)
Andretti Bain – Bahamas (hamsting)
Brigita Langerholc – Slovenia (pregnant)
Yipsi Moreno – Cuba – (pregnant)
Ann Gaffigan – US Steepler (birth)
Olga Komyagina – Russian miler (birth)
Krisztina Molnar – Hungary vault record holder (birth)
Jeff Demps (hamstring)
Shelly-Ann Fraser – Olympic 100 champ (appendix)
Queen Harrison (hamstring)
Joanna Hayes – 100H champion (knee surgery)
Allen Johnson – 110H many time champion (ankel)
Catherine Ndereba – Kenya world marathon champion (foot)
Paula Radcliffe – marathon world record holder (foot surgery)
Viktor Rothlin – Swiss marathoner – (TWO pulmonary embolisms)
Sherone Simpson – Jamaica (knee surgery)
Frances Santin (broken foot bone)
DeeDee Trotter (chronic knee swelling)
Kellie Wells ((hamstring)
Aarik Wilson (stress fractures)

And to flash back to the ’08 Olympic edition with everyone “going for the gold”; think of their disappointment all these happening in the lead up to the Olympics as well as DURING the Olympics:
Breaux Greer – #1 javelin thrower in US (broken hand)
Deena Kastor (broken foot)
Magdelena Bouley (knee)
Erica McLain (hamstring)
Adam Nelson (pulled rib muscle)
Tom Pappas (foot)
Nicole Teter (Achilles)
Terrence Trammel (hamstring)
Dee Dee Trotter (knee)
Aarik Wilson (stress fractures)
Stefano Baldini (thigh)
Gable Garenamotse (hamstring)
California Molefe (hamstring and knee)
Susanna Kallur (shin)
Xiang Liu (Achilles)
Stanislav Olijar (quad)
Derval O’Rourke (groin)
Paula Radcliffe (stress fracture)
Chris Thomlinson (calf tear)
Ralf Bartels (calf)
Robert Cheruiyot (thigh)
Hattie Dean (ankle)
Franka Dietsch – discus world champ (foot and high blood pressure)
Victor Moya (knee)
Mizuki Noguchi (thigh)
Eike Onen (foot)
… this is only about half the list on this issue but I’m tired of typing them all.

I hope I make my point. Everyone is open to injuries. Keep it in perspective.

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About Dean Hebert

I’m a mental game coach, author and speaker. I work with individual athletes, parents, coaches, and teams on sports performance enhancement. Beyond my academic post-graduate work in sports psychology - the psychology behind athlete performance – I am a certified Mental Games Coaching Professional (MGCP) and certified hypnotherapist. I’ve authored several books and hundreds of articles. “Coach, I didn’t run because…” (2008) is a seriously light-hearted look at making excuses not to workout and how to overcome them. “Focus for Fitness” (2009) and “Screw the Goals Give me the Donut” (2010) are two of my eBooks on mental game approaches for the everyday athlete. I wrote these because I believe that everyone can benefit from the powerful mental techniques that the world’s best athletes use. I have been cited in Runners World, Best Health magazine (CN), SWEAT Magazine, and the Washington Examiner amongst many other publications. I have been a featured mental games coach in Runner’s World and for the internationally acclaimed trail running resource - trailrunningclub.com. I also regularly appear on sports and fitness talk shows such as LTKFitness, Runnersroundtable and for more than three years I have co-hosted a weekly video series with Coach Joe English for Running-Advice.com. I specialize in mental toughness training. My clients include tennis, synchronized swimming, golf, race-kart, soccer, motocross, volleyball, MMA, cycling (road, off-road, time-trialist), running, duathlon and triathlon, basketball, football and baseball athletes. I have coached world-class athletes and athletes internationally. I have a passion for working with youth athletes and helping them apply mental game skills and techniques to all areas of life. Most importantly, my aim is to have people enjoy sports and life to their fullest through peak performances.
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One Response to Inuries’r’Us Part II

  1. Christina says:

    Although I don’t purposely wish ill on anyone it is nice to know that I’m not alone in the injured world and everyone, even elites are victims of injury.

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