As the Olympics draws to a close, with many of the races and competitions run and won spare a thought not only for those who didn’t achieve their desired results but also those who suffered injury prior to and during the competition.
For them, there will be months of rehabilitation in preparation for their next event or even for life/ work after sport if they choose retirement. We have all seen fractured legs, dislocated shoulders, ruptured Achilles Tendons – the list goes on – that may require prehabilitation, surgery, physiotherapy and exercise physiologist guided rehabilitation to return to function. With not only the physical impact of severe injury to contend with the mental treatment and confidence needed to return to elite level sport is another necessary point to consider.
So whilst it is easy to sit back and be envious of the those at the top of their game enjoying the fruits of their labour – remember glory lasts forever but the countless hours of preparation, treatment and training that go into being at the Olympics are really the things to be marvelled at!