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Hamstring injury, again

By Gary F. Zeolla

The following message was posted in the Weight Trainer's United forum and on my MySpace page.

For those who don’t remember, last October (10/22/08), I injured my right hamstring (see Hamstring Injury). I was able to rehab it on my own, or so it seemed. But since then, there have been times when it has been painful but not enough to keep me from working out. I even entered a contest June 13, 2009, where deadlifts went very well. But then Tuesday (7/22/09), I lifted a stack of empty clothes baskets, that’s it, empty clothes baskets. When I did, the pain really flared up in my hamstring.

I didn’t think much of it as I couldn’t see how I had injured myself lifting what was probably less than 20 pounds. But I iced it periodically the next couple of days. I put in a bench workout on Wednesday without much problem, but then I stupidly tried a deadlift workout on Thursday.

The hamstring bothered me some during warm-ups, but it wasn’t anything serious, or so I thought. I did my first work set, and it went well, and I got my planned six reps. But then after the fourth rep of a planned five reps on my next set the pain really flared up, not just in my hamstring but also in my adductor (inner thigh). And that was the end of that workout. I even had a hard time cleaning up afterwards.

That evening, the pain was very severe, and I had a hard time sleeping. In fact, I had barely slept the previous several nights due to once again a flare up of my allergies/ multiple chemical sensitivities symptoms. That is most likely what led to the problem in the first place. I had put in a hard squat workout on Monday, and without sleeping, I didn’t recover from it. That set me up to injure my leg on Tuesday.

That is also why it was stupid to have worked out on Thursday. I should have just skipped the workout and waited until my next planned workout on Sunday to try deadlifting. But as I posted before, if I didn’t work out every time I don’t sleep or experience some kind of pain, I’d never work out. Also, my workouts had gone great all week despite not sleeping, so I figured I’d be okay lifting. But it was obviously a big mistake.

Today (Saturday), my hamstring is feeling a little better, but it is still painful. Rather than trying to rehab it on my own this time, I have a doctor’s appointment on Monday to get a referral for physical therapy. I think it will be best if I don’t work out on my own at all until I get through therapy. I have no idea how long that will take, but it will probably be a while. So this problem will most likely derail my plans to compete in November.

I am very frustrated about that for many reasons but mainly because of how much I screwed up squats and thus my total at my contest last month. If that ends up being my only contest this year then my placement on the various ranking lists for squats and total will probably be the worse it has ever been. But it doesn’t look like there’s much I can do about that.

For an update to this message, see Bicycle Accident Anniversary and Hamstring Update.


Hamstring injury, again. Copyright 2009 by Gary F. Zeolla.

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