Injury update by Andrew Pozzi
13th May 2014
On Friday last week the news broke that I had sustained a foot injury and would be missing the entire 2014 outdoor season.
The injury happened on Tuesday (6/05) during my last training run before flying out to compete in the Doha Diamond League. I was running out of the blocks, approaching hurdle 1, when I felt and heard a crack in my right foot. By the time I slowed down I was unable to walk and was immediately given crutches by my physio who was trackside. That afternoon I had a CT scan, which revealed a fracture through the navicular bone in my right foot. On Monday (12/05) I sat with a British Athletics doctor as well as a foot specialist and surgeon and after discussing the issue as well as the best strategies on recovery, we decided that the best option would be for me to have an operation next Thursday (22/05) to repair the bone by placing two screws through it.
“I really appreciate the support and kind messages from everyone.”
Following the procedure, I’ll require the support of crutches to partially weight-bear for 3 months. I’ll be in a plaster of Paris cast for the first 6 weeks and an Aircast walking boot for the second 6 weeks. During this time, I will be able to complete modified training and rehabilitation work to dampen the negative effects of missing full training during this time. This will mainly involve general, abdominal and upper body conditioning circuits as well as stretching and as time goes on I will be able to do swimming pool and bike sessions.
In addition to this, the doctors and I are committed to finding out the sources of these problems and establishing what we can do to prevent them in the future. After all the injury woes I’ve had in the last few years, it’s unbelievably infuriating to miss out again this year. Although training had been a bit disrupted, I was running faster than ever and was hopeful of opening my 2014 season with a PB at the Doha Diamond League. Sadly, not to be!
I’m pleased to be in my best physical shape ever, having run a PB indoors and finishing 4th IAAF World Indoor Championships, despite all my injury problems from last year and the lack of training I’ve been able to complete. This gives me great confidence that if I stay committed to my rehabilitation plan, there’s no reason why I won’t return in much better shape for the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing.
As ever, I really appreciate the support and kind messages from everyone, especially my close friends, family, coach, medical team, agent, sponsors and British Athletics.