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2017/11/26 02:52:50 (permalink)
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Your Worst Injury

What is the worst injury you ever had? How long did it put you out of the gym and how long did it take to recover?
 
I'm curious to hear how some of you bounced back after long lay offs - plus, I reckon there may be some interesting stories to hear.
 
Mine is from last week: I was driving a motorbike out into the Vietnamese countryside with a girl i'd just recently started dating. Everything was going fine until we made it out the city. Because the roads were pretty much empty we upped the speed to around 60mph and just enjoyed the wind blowing in our faces. We were travelling down a main road when all of a sudden, out a side road, another biker flew in front of us at full speed. Our front tire smashed into his back wheel and went flying through the air at 55mph.
 
Woke up 30 seconds later. Tried to stand. Couldn't. Realised my shoulder was dead. Saw my date on the side of the road - she was injured but moving. A bunch of Vietnamese people came running over, dragged us off the road, called a taxi, and bundled us off to the hospital.
 
The injuries: 
 
Me - AC Joint separation that has torn a ligament with my scapula - so my shoulder blade is 1.5 cm more right than normal. Also, severe road rash and bruised ribs.
 
My date - brutal road rash on her thighs, arms, and back (no broken bones or ligaments)
 
Recovery (ongoing):
 
-Need at least one month out from the gym and to start rehab in the next 7 days.
 
-After 4 weeks I'm told I can do minor exercises.
 
-After 8-12 weeks, people with a similar injury tend to be able to start lifting again (although some never bench or shoulder press ever again).
 
The psychological part is the worst; knowing that I need at least 8 weeks away from any meaningful lifting and knowing that I will lose a good deal of mass and strength.
 
But all in all I believe I am lucky in the strangest way. From what other bikers tell me - to get away with a 55mph head on collision is often fatal or comes with severe damage to a number of limbs.
 
 
 
 

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Re: Your Worst Injury 2017/11/26 13:44:15 (permalink)☄ Helpfulby tellersquill 2017/11/27 01:40:31
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Fractured pelvis while squatting, 6 months off....
 


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Re: Your Worst Injury 2017/11/26 15:41:06 (permalink)
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Knocked down by a escort van, had a lump on my head like you’d see in a tom and jerry cartoon, where my head made impact on said van there was a bowl shaped indentation, just above the windscreen so I was lucky. Was flipped 360 degrees and landed on my arse behind the van, surreal experience tbh.

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Re: Your Worst Injury 2017/11/26 15:52:14 (permalink)
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Fractured pelvis while squatting, 6 months off....
 



What happened mate?

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Re: Your Worst Injury 2017/11/26 16:06:50 (permalink)
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Fractured pelvis while squatting, 6 months off....
 



What happened mate?



 
Pulled the bottom bit of my pelvis apart with the hamstring attached 😬 wasn't a heavy weight either 160kg I paused a the bottom of my 9th rep and bang, went down like a sack of sh*t....the rest is history as they say....I was in hospital for 5 weeks, couldn't weight bear for 8 but was back in the gym after 12 weeks on crutches doing light upper body stuff tho 💪

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Re: Your Worst Injury 2017/11/26 16:07:54 (permalink)
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OP that’s barely a noteworthy injury had worse playing rugby. 😂

Spiral Tib/Fib fracture and fractured shoulder. Took two years to get back to training normal.

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Re: Your Worst Injury 2017/11/26 17:48:35 (permalink)
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Fractured pelvis while squatting, 6 months off....




What happened mate?



 
Pulled the bottom bit of my pelvis apart with the hamstring attached 😬 wasn't a heavy weight either 160kg I paused a the bottom of my 9th rep and bang, went down like a sack of sh*t....the rest is history as they say....I was in hospital for 5 weeks, couldn't weight bear for 8 but was back in the gym after 12 weeks on crutches doing light upper body stuff tho 💪


Holy **** you win this topic!
 
Do you have some bone problem like osteoporosis or something? I mean that's like the strongest structure in the human body, it should take a lot to break it apart like that.
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Re: Your Worst Injury 2017/11/26 18:48:34 (permalink)☄ Helpfulby tellersquill 2017/11/27 01:42:42
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I've never had anything major, just a lot of smaller injuries.
 
I've fractured both ankles - the right one playing basketball and the left whilst running after a football.
 
the right foot was the result of jumping for a rebound. I landed on it with my full weight and twisted it inwards (inversion). the fracture came as a result of the guy i was competing with for the rebound then landing on it with his full weight. I was on crutches for 6 weeks and wasn't able to bear any weight on it for 4-5 of those 6 weeks.
 
the left ankle was 9 or so months ago - playing football on a bad 4G pitch (the 'grass' is too long and doesn't provide any support) and the ball changed direction slightly, so i adjusted my run and twisted my left foot outwards (eversion sprain). That was crutches for 3 months and unable to bear weight for 2.
 
Then I've fractured my left wrist playing in net (the balls they were using were like cannon balls) and fractured the ring finger on my right hand in the gym (holding db's on my knees ready to press and the left one rocked under the right and crushed my finger).
 
subluxed both shoulders playing basketball and also done them both again playing football.
 
subluxed my right knee playing football.
 
It's dangerous work being a goalkeeper.
 
Fun fact for any metal fans - the right ankle fracture, the ACL & the wrist fracture were all the night before Machine Head gigs and i had to miss all 3. I'm yet to see them live because i keep injuring myself badly.
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Re: Your Worst Injury 2017/11/27 04:40:11 (permalink)
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Uriel
 
Holy **** you win this topic!
 
Do you have some bone problem like osteoporosis or something? I mean that's like the strongest structure in the human body, it should take a lot to break it apart like that.




No mate, bone density was checked and fine, they weren't sure but put it down to either a birth defect or stress fracture.
 

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Re: Your Worst Injury 2017/11/27 05:26:08 (permalink)
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That pelvis fracture sounds like agony.
 
The psychology of missing that much time off the gym is brutal.
 
The fact that I may never bench or do dips again is messing with me as well.
 
The unknown is what haunts us the most.

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Re: Your Worst Injury 2017/11/27 06:26:44 (permalink)
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Back when competing in Strongman after a long 3 hour training session we finished with stone training.
I managed to drop a 120kg Atlas Stone on my left foot from just over 6 foot in height.
Result was a nearly amputated foot, (which I luckily avoided) and 12 months in wheelchair and a long road of rehab. After being told my docs I would never walk properly again let alone train I came back and became stronger than ever before and competed again. Was a very long road to recovery though.

 
 
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Re: Your Worst Injury 2017/11/27 07:05:14 (permalink)
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Back when competing in Strongman after a long 3 hour training session we finished with stone training.
I managed to drop a 120kg Atlas Stone on my left foot from just over 6 foot in height.
Result was a nearly amputated foot, (which I luckily avoided) and 12 months in wheelchair and a long road of rehab. After being told my docs I would never walk properly again let alone train I came back and became stronger than ever before and competed again. Was a very long road to recovery though.


That's horrific.
 
Has there been any permanent damage?
 
How long did you take off the gym?

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Re: Your Worst Injury 2017/11/27 08:42:11 (permalink)
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Fcuk me SR that hip sounds horrific!
 
Ox- I bet you still get nervous looking at those stones don't you mate!
 
Worst for me is pretty standard fare.. a herniated disc between S1/L5. Feel it most days unfortunately but working to limit the pain. Did that doing dodgy deadlifts some 12 years ago. Young players take note!
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Re: Your Worst Injury 2017/12/06 17:41:08 (permalink)
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I've only just succumbed to my first training injury; I have arthritis in both knees, which I now blame completely on lifting too heavy and for too long (over 30 years(. I should have started taking it easier earlier than the age I am now. The only respite will be an operation.
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Re: Your Worst Injury 2017/12/07 00:47:33 (permalink)
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Had a fair few all training related. Torn cartilage in both knees (at same time) crushed foot and shattered big toe, dislocated shoulder including torn ligaments, badly torn labrum and fractured scapula AND 2 prolapsed discs including torn muscles and associated ligaments. I say and because all above injuries I've pretty much recovered from (still get a few niggles with all) apart from discs which although don't stop me from training 28 years later still affect deadlifting and squats.
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Re: Your Worst Injury 2017/12/07 01:15:54 (permalink)
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Had a fair few all training related. Torn cartilage in both knees (at same time) crushed foot and shattered big toe, dislocated shoulder including torn ligaments, badly torn labrum and fractured scapula AND 2 prolapsed discs including torn muscles and associated ligaments. I say and because all above injuries I've pretty much recovered from (still get a few niggles with all) apart from discs which although don't stop me from training 28 years later still affect deadlifting and squats.

Hi Dav.
Just wondering how the knee damage happened mate, and if they made a full recovery?
I've put my recent knee damage down to arthritis, as it's certainly bone and not muscle related. I've had some basic physio and do stretching exercises, but the pain is still there, especially after leg pressing or extensions. Climbing stairs kills me.
I'm back at the doc's again soon but any other info would definitely be useful.
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Re: Your Worst Injury 2017/12/07 08:48:14 (permalink)
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Floydy.
I've only just succumbed to my first training injury; I have arthritis in both knees, which I now blame completely on lifting too heavy and for too long (over 30 years(. I should have started taking it easier earlier than the age I am now. The only respite will be an operation.

What operation do you need?

Update: my shoulder is healing very well and I'm back in the gym 19 days after the ac shoulder separation.
 
I have full ROM but I have joint pain if I lift more than 10kg.
 
I'm on a cut because I cant lift well and I'm dropping fat. In the gym I'm doing high reps - 30 reps sometimes - just to fire up the muscles.
 
Hoping to increase weights gradually and be over this by feb or march.

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Re: Your Worst Injury 2017/12/07 11:05:52 (permalink)
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Floydy.
I've only just succumbed to my first training injury; I have arthritis in both knees, which I now blame completely on lifting too heavy and for too long (over 30 years(. I should have started taking it easier earlier than the age I am now. The only respite will be an operation.


This is simply not true and is not backed up by any research. And arthritis is not an injury it’s a condition. And no an operation is not your only respite.

They have done multiple studies, even on competitive weightlifters (these people spend a lot more time training and lifting a lot more weight than most on here) and they found that the subjects’ joints were as healthy, or healthier, than other people their age.

There is lots of research that shows weightlifting (and squatting in particular), is an effective treatment for osteoarthritis, both by reducing pain and improving function and this is backed up by pretty much all arthritis organisations in the UK and abroad

You get joint problems from lifting with improper form not from lifting properly

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Re: Your Worst Injury 2017/12/07 12:44:15 (permalink)
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Why did I read any of this.
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Re: Your Worst Injury 2017/12/07 19:16:55 (permalink)
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I've only just succumbed to my first training injury; I have arthritis in both knees, which I now blame completely on lifting too heavy and for too long (over 30 years(. I should have started taking it easier earlier than the age I am now. The only respite will be an operation.


This is simply not true and is not backed up by any research. And arthritis is not an injury it’s a condition. And no an operation is not your only respite.

They have done multiple studies, even on competitive weightlifters (these people spend a lot more time training and lifting a lot more weight than most on here) and they found that the subjects’ joints were as healthy, or healthier, than other people their age.

There is lots of research that shows weightlifting (and squatting in particular), is an effective treatment for osteoarthritis, both by reducing pain and improving function and this is backed up by pretty much all arthritis organisations in the UK and abroad

You get joint problems from lifting with improper form not from lifting properly

I agree with much of what you say, Animal, but not everybody is the same. People have different builds, different routines and some of this may also be hereditary. In my case, it's arthritis and I inherit that from my dad in many ways.
Poor form is not a question; I've been lifting for well over thirty years and, although it's mainly bodybuilding and not stronglifting (like yourself), I've always been careful to stick to the 'correct guidelines'.
 
Until I reached the age of 48-49, I was like yourself bud, believing that I could go on forever - lifting heavier and heavier. This is simply not the case. Our bones suffer in time from years of wear and tear and it's only in the past few years that I've become to realise that is the case. More recently, it's taken me a long long time to eventually succumb to the fact that I must start listening to my body and taking things easier. Before my bodybuilding, I was a very keen cyclist which will have also added to the toll.
 
Without being in any way condescending, Animal, you are still quite a few years behind me in your training life. It will be interesting to see if you begin to experience aches and pains which are not merely muscular, but involve the bones when you reach my age.
Regards. 
post edited by Floydy. - 2017/12/07 19:19:03
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