Andrew Pozzi

Pozzi reflects on his road to recovery

21st January 2015

GB Hurdler Andrew Pozzi has been making good progress on his recovery after surgeries on his right and left foot over the past few months.

“I spent the vast majority of time between May and November in a cast or protective boot of some description and during this time my training options were very limited,” reflected Andrew. “I was kept busy doing various circuits and cardiovascular work that alleviated the stress on my feet.”

“Since the end of October my attention has been on rehabilitation, and although my progress has gone perfectly so far, the plan is to be really cautious whilst getting back in to running and hurdling.”

Andrew talks us through some of the training he has been undertaking during this period…

In the pool

“My training started in the swimming pool whilst I was still unable to walk on land without the protective boot, allowing me to walk again without putting too much pressure through my feet – I swam 4 times a week and went through a range of walking drills on the floor of the pool before starting normal walking on land.”

Andrew Pozzi

“I swam 4 times a week and went through a range of walking drills..”

On the bike

“At this time I was also able to start using the exercise bike to do high resistance sprints as long as I kept the boot on, again to reduce the load through my foot.”

In the gym

“My training at the moment is focused around conditioning and strengthening all aspects of my body to support my feet and reduce the risk of injury. We are also adapting my training to reduce high impact exercises and instead try to get the power benefits from them through different exercises.

Andrew Pozzi

“My training at the moment is focused around conditioning and strengthening all aspects of my body to support my feet..”

On the jog

“In recent weeks, due to the progress of my training, I have been able to start jogging again with the help of an anti-gravity treadmill. The Alter-G inflates a sleeve that I am zipped in to and therefore reduces the amount of my body weight on the treadmill and the load through my feet. This has been a really important stepping stone in my recovery as it is the first time I have been able run in six months.”

Andrew Pozzi

“I have been able to start jogging again with the help of an anti-gravity treadmill.”

Back in action

Andrew confirmed that he is aiming to take a steady return to action and compete this outdoor season this summer…

“I have decided to skip the indoor season in 2015 and postpone competing until May/June of 2015 in the outdoor season. With the 2016 Olympics approaching we have made that my sole focus and feel it will be best to recover thoroughly and use the 2015 outdoor season as a foundation for next season. I still intend to race the full outdoor season but I don’t intend on hurdling in training until March 2015, where ideally I would have started in December 2014.”

“I am really hoping to start running lightly on the track within the next few days and if things continue as well as they have been going, the plan is to be in full sprint training within the next month.”


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