One Year On…
So it’s been a good 15 months now since my ACL surgery and while the joint is still a little stiff, it is completely pain free and stable. The past few months I have really tested it. Around 12 months post-op I ran my second fastest 5kms and I am lifting heavier and jumping higher than I ever have before, setting new personal bests in my training which has been very exciting for me! I have had to make a few changes to my goals, as my surgeon has advised me against longer distance running. So I have chosen to focus on the things I can do safely and continue to improve those skills.
…I am lifting heavier and jumping higher than I ever have before…
I think the most important part of any rehabilitation is a person’s attitude. Of course we all have days when nothing works as we wish and even now I have moments of frustration when my body doesn’t work the way I want it to due to stiffness or lack of flexibility. In these moments I need to take a step back and think logically about the problem I am faced with, and put it into perspective.
…even now I have moments of frustration when my body doesn’t work the way I want it to …
In may cases no matter what your goal is there will be obstacles. When ever you are faced with difficult circumstances, you have two choices. You can focus on all the negative aspects and waste time feeling sorry for yourself, or you can choose to do something about it. The time will pass anyways so spend it productively and learn something from the challenge.
…you can choose to do something about it.
You may have to make some changes to your plan, but if you want something bad enough you will find a way to get it. Surround yourself with supportive people, be patient, work hard and stay positive.
Attitude is a decision, and whatever you decide it will shape your world.
– Tegan Caulfield