EXCITING TIMES AHEAD!! 1) 2nd shoulder surgery 2) Starting crossfit

Aaaaah I am so excited!!!
Firstly, I have got my 2nd shoulder procedure date through – 10th September 2015 – during which I will be having my shoulder capsule loosened if Len Funk feels it is required! I am really excited for this as I feel this could really be the part of my recovery where I could FINALLY have the range I want. I really am excited about this – I have a good feeling about it all!

It has now been to years post op since 22nd June 2013 when I had my first shoulder operation and it has been a long battle, yet I have still remained passionate to throw competitively again. This Summer I have started crossfit to build up my fitness and strength ready for the coming winter training starting from October. I AM ABSOLUTELY LOVING IT. Crossfit training really appeals to me for the huge variety of exercises; a combination of weights, gymnastics, running, body weight exercises etc. I treat alot of the crossfit community with sports massage in Loughborough and I feel so welcome in their gym – the people are lovely and have really helped me with the training. I have posted here a 3 minute training video, a combination of a week’s sessions in July! It really highlights the amount of leggings I have hahaha! #Addiction

Hopefully this sort of training will get me in really good shape ready for beasting this year’s winter training. 2016 WILL BE THE YEAR I WILL FINALLY COMPETE! Hopefully the recovery time for this second procedure in my shoulder will be around 4 weeks ish, so this will have minimal impact compared to last time!

I will give updates on how I get on with surgery in September and hopefully make a video if I am not too high on medication afterwards!

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Steroid injection and shoulder simulator experience!

Aaaaaah!!! 😀 

Today’s appointment has jump started things again! It was good to see our Len again – he believes that the problem I have now is different to my initial problems I had when I injured my shoulder. He said he requires me to have a steroid injection to loosen off my shoulder and an MR Arthrogram where dye is injected into my capsule for Len to see how the repairs have come along.

I was faced with two options – pay for all of this myself and have the diagnosis today or go on the NHS and wait. Luckily, there was a third option for me to have the not-so-expensive steroid injection TODAY and have the MR Arthrogram on the NHS. I’m glad Mum made me hold back with things and save my money! Tah ma.

It all happened quite quickly and I didn’t really get chance to get nervous about the needle (thanks Len!) and the injection was over in a few seconds. An hour after and my shoulder feels now SO MUCH MORE FLEXIBLE OMG!! I don’t have any pain at all at the moment, just a nice smooth flexible joint! 🙂 I am cherishing every minute without pain in my shoulder right now! Len told me to start stretching it as soon as I can to keep this range. Worth every penny!

I need a letter from the GP now to have the MR Arthrogram so this should be a little wait. I am excited for this as Len will be able to see if there is anything going on inside the joint. I’ll be a regular traveller up to Manchester! In the meantime, if this injection appears to work then there may be no need to have anything else done! Only time will tell 🙂 



Thanks a lot to Benji and his dad for taking me to the clinic (52 Alderley Road) and to Len for giving me a much needed boost! 

One last thing…..Len let me have a go on the SHOULDER SURGERY SIMULATOR. How cool is that?! I had a go….and I got the high score 😮 maybe I’m in the wrong degree hahaha!! Here’s a pic on the simulator with the shoulder!





The pink thing is the plastic shoulder and the things I am holding are the cannulas that a surgeon would use to probe into the shoulder and to tie wires/stitches. Loved it! 

A deeper insight / Len Funk appointment soon!

For me, being injured has knocked me back a few steps but has also leapt me forward too. Adversity really does make the highs higher and knowledge and skills I have gained throughout my injury have been invaluable. It has helped me to succeed in many ways; through working hard to build my own sports massage business, being more knowledgable about my own body in training and learning a heck of a lot about shoulders! 

On the contrary, this has not come without many lows. The reason I keep myself ridiculously busy is so I have minimal time by myself to slip into thinking negatively about javelin and the pain I still get when throwing. That speck in time when my shoulder dislocated with 85kg above my head still rings in my head, playing over and over – it still has the same effect as it did 2 years ago when I sustained the injury. It is easy when you’re alone to spiral into this dark whirlwind of thought and so the best thing for me has been that I have been able to be around people a lot of the time, whether working or training. THANK YOU TO ALL THESE PEOPLE!! 🙂 

Recently I contacted Len Funk aka shoulder god and he would like to do some tests on me to see if something is still going on in the shoulder. I have got an appointment on MONDAY (so soon!!) to see him – I am looking forward to this very much! Hopefully he will be able to tell me exactly what is happening and possibly any ways I can improve 🙂

I will write an update after Monday’s appointment 🙂 

ADVERSITY MAKES THE HIGHS HIGHER – Goldie Sayers

FIRST COMPETITION IN TWO YEARS – SHOT PUT!

Who would have thought that I would have entered a competition after not throwing a shot put since 2009 and only having done 1 throwing session earlier in the week!

This has all stemmed from my coach saying I should take up another sport alongside javelin to 1) help with my shoulder and keep me active 2) distract a little from the stagnation in training recently! I thought it would be a good idea to try shot again as it was one of my stronger events in mi pentathlon days, coupled with the fact that OUR DOUG was willing to coach me. We did a throwing session with the shot on Wednesday, after which I spontaneously signed up for the Loughborough Open comp.

I couldn’t believe this would be the first time representing Loughborough and competing for over two years I have been studying here, never mind INDOOR events!! The six throw succession went like this….(also the video is at the bottom).

Shot results 10th Jan

And ended up with a big PB of 10.82m! 😀 I was VERY ‘appeh with that! My flatmates were filming me and Sam was giving me a bit of advice on getting my right leg underneath me so I have more weight behind the shot – as you can see this one thing resulted in a jump from 10.17m to 10.82m! This is what I love about athletics and sport – being able to improve your positioning/movements/way of thinking, resulting in a more efficient and further throwing distance in this case! Apparently I have a “javelin hip” which strikes forward instead of the “shot hip” that strikes UP! Plenty to work on. He’s a few pics…

Holding shot

Glide shot

For me, this has given me a big positive boost. I am surprised at how much it has effected how I throw the javelin and my thoughts towards throwing – I now do believe in myself to get back to throwing considerable distances again. The past few months have been fairly stagnant in terms of distance/technique improvements, but I threw today and I could tell I was in a much better frame of mind to throw. Today I was throwing about 5m further which really is a great improvement for me after throwing the same distances for so long.

I will be competing again on 31st Jan to try and better my PB – I can’t wait! This will be a good warm up to working towards outdoor javelin competitions.

Here is my PB throw video! Thanks Alex for taking this 😀 http://youtu.be/421onYU7tck

Commonwealth Games Glasgow & last trip to see Len Funk!

I’ve not posted in a while…and I have LOTS to talk about!

I hope you’ve been enjoying the summer so far – I am loving having ZERO lectures, being able to train and massaging until my heart is content.

A week ago I visited Prof. Len Funk for the ‘final’ time…(I will explain those cheeky quotation marks later :D). It was great to see him again! Len said my shoulder looked the best he had seen it range-wise and that I looked strong. It’s true; my shoulder hasn’t had this amount of range since before my op – now a year and 2 months ago! The injection really did work the magic. A particular rehab exercise which has honestly been the best exercise yet to increase range is using a 2kg dumbbell to swing back in the javelin position. When I pull the dumbbell forward like a javelin, I allow my elbow and shoulder to relax so that the weight takes the arm backwards beyond its normal range. I do this for about 15 minutes a day after a set of weights/throwing/anything! Here’s a pic of me during jav throwing. By the way. Leggings.

Leggings though

Leggings though

Len also said the pain I still have is tightness pain and to give it time. In his words, even if I had sat with my arms by my sides, doing no rehab for the frozen shoulder, the shoulder would eventually ‘thaw’ out and my range will increase. Obviously, doing the rehab will increase the range more so than not. Frozen shoulder typically takes around 9 months to ‘thaw’ out but everyone is different.

Moving on to a different topic…the quotation marks! I said I would explain those things. Whilst I was talking to Len, the topic turned to sports massage and…physio! I was really inspired by Len and excited by the opportunities that a physio – as opposed to just being a sports masseuse – could have. I think I have my determined eyes set. Len VERY kindly even said I could have experience at his clinic!! Talking of physios – John Smith (my physio who saw me in the clinic straight after my op) also VERY kindly saw me that day to check up on my shoulder and also my knee which I have a bit of a niggle in. THANK YOU! Here’s our selfies XD

Len Funk & John Smith selfie

It’s been a week since the closing of the Commonwealth Games – it really did fly by. I was lucky enough to have bought tickets from a friend (thanks Sam!) to be able to watch one of the final days, including: men’s qualifying javelin, women’s high jump final, women’s discus, men’s triple jump & polevault, 1500m men, 800m women, 4x100m and 4x400m qualifying. BOLT too!

I loved being able to watch my friends competing, especially those in my training group. Here’s a few action shots of Jayne Nisbet, Benji Pearson, Jake Whiteman, Isobel Pooley, some of Glasgow city, cool little cars that retrieve the javelins and photos of me and my Dad! Unfortunately I didn’t manage to get a shot of James Campbell who is a big inspiration to me, but nevertheless, congratulations to all the athletes!

Glasgow collage

The massive stadium at Hampden Park..

Me & Dad glasgow hampden park

glasgow hoodie 2014

Me Bolt

Good old Dad

Me & Dad glasgow

It was an amazing experience – the crowd were crazily loud! Thanks to my Dad who drove for absolutely ages and paid for all my Costa’s 😛

YES YES YES! My shoulder will be ok – birthday hydrodilation injection to release my shoulder

I’m so happy I can barely write! Please bear with me whilst I get out all my emotions on here. 😀

So over the past few months I have had a lot trouble with my stiff shoulder. If I were to put my arm in a lollipop lady STOP sign pose, I just can’t rotate my shoulder backwards any further. This has been very frustrating because I’ve done my rehab and had massage and it hasn’t made much difference to the stiffness pain. Don’t get me wrong, massage has especially it’s made a great difference to my overall shoulder movement but there is still that underlying stiffness right in there that neither rehab nor massage can fix. Anyone having a shoulder operation out there – MASSAGE IS VERY IMPORTANT, particularly in the latissimus dorsi. I wish I had had much more massage from the start to save a lot of uncomfortable pain. A big thanks to my massage buddy Alex Nwenwu who has put up with me squirming about on the massage bed for the majority of this year and also Michael Allen who’s made a great difference in the latter couple of months too.

SO! About a month ago Alex found a lump around where the deltoid tuberosity is which I then thought the pain was coming from. All sorts were suggested by many people – bone calcification, something broken off, a muscle tear….so. There was no other choice but to come back to the library of information Mr Len Funk #shouldergod

Man, it was good to see him again! He had an Italian shoulder surgeon with him observing the consultations I am assuming – and whilst palpating my shoulder Len made a pasta joke. What a cool guy.

I described my problem with Len listening intently…after which Len tested my range and strength. He was pretty impressed with my strength despite my problem and confidently said “you must have rehabbed it pretty well!” He then tested my weaknesses haha – such as putting my hand behind my back (still can’t really do up a bra properly haha)! He then looked at the Italian surgeon and they agreed it was far too stiff than what it should be.

Len then whipped out the ultra sound machine and we had a look at the capsule, cartilage and muscle in my deltoids. He was impressed with the muscle bulk in my delts (I liked being able to identify the anterior, middle and posterior on the black and white screen as a lover of anatomy!). He looked further down to where my proposed lump was near the deltoid tuberosity and found nothing significant on the scan, which he explained was a ‘muscle knot’. This can be massaged to remove it; however he really emphasised to not go massaging too deep around the deltoid area due to the importance of the auxiliary nerve that is crucial for deltoid function. Finally, and most importantly, on the ultrasound scan he looked at the cartilage around my joint which he identified as being very thick. This is what has been making my shoulder stiff!

So….what I have is called (in therapists’ lingo), ADHESIVE CAPSULITIS. Or more generally – FROZEN SHOULDER. Check out the easily understandable webpage on Len Funk’s website which also has a video which helps to understand what my shoulder condition is: http://www.shoulderdoc.co.uk/articletile.asp?article=55&section=16&tile=1

Len instantly said the way to cure this is to have a HYDRODILATION INJECTION. This effectively relieves the stiff joint and will allow me to regain my long lost range that I so need to throw properly! Some people have relief and uber range straight after the injection: some in a few hours, some in a couple of weeks. The best news – they could probably fit me in this Wednesday – straight after my birthday on Tuesday!!

As I’m not insured I will be paying for this myself and so I will doing a lot of massaging to afford this injection to GET MY LIFE BACK PROPERLY 😀

Just need to throw this in – I turned down a trip with my best friends to Disneyland for this.

SO this has been a GREAT day for me. Looks like my Physio Phil will be seeing more of me soon haha! I am now filled with confidence from Len that this injection into my shoulder will be the final touch to get my range back.

Bring on the injection! 😀

Love this photo of Goldie watching her compete today!

Love his photo of Goldie watching her compete today!

This was after Goldie threw 62m today at Loughborough International here at Luffers! Glad I was able to see her throwing and capture this photo 🙂 This comp has really motivated me – throughout all the jav throwing today I was itching to get back on to that run way so badly! This time 2 years ago I was in my peak and throwing 48m + and very close to getting my first GB vest. I want that time back so much.
In the comp today there were four people who have had surgeries and come back from them to throw – today was exactly the extra bit of inspiration I needed! I am so happy for James Campbell, my team mate, who has had multiple shoulder surgeries and has attained Commonwealth Standard by 1cm!!

Throwing Javelins 11 Months post-op

We are nearly at that 1 year mark! It has certainly been an emotional rollercoaster recently – things have been frustrating and not as pain free as I would have hoped – but thanks to my massage therapist who I have only had a few treatments from so far, Mike Allen, I now have incredible range compared to before.

My lat felt like a flippin’ golf ball due to the muscle being VERY tight indeed – it needed a strong pair of hands to smooth it out – something I wish I had done a while ago. Because the muscles around my shoulder have been restricting movement, my rehab has been good, but only in very restricted range compared to what I can get now. You can only begin to rehab a shoulder properly once you have full range!

The joint inside is still stiff, but with massage treatment it is now beginning to move more. Yesterday when I was throwing, I managed to put the most force through the javelin that I have been able to since my operation. Again, I am only throwing about 25m at a guess, however they are going further than last month – any progression is a positive! 🙂 I know I have to be patient – and right now those memories of me competing and throwing properly are coming back to me as I’m beginning to put more force through the jav!

Apologies for not posting for a while – I have been so busy with uni work (5 exams and several courseworks to do soon), training and massage.

THROWING JAVELINS FOR THE FIRST TIME, 9 MONTHS POST OP

OH MY GOLLY. Today was the day. I had tried to contain my excitement whilst I was massaging….but I am sure many people have listened to me hyping on about it throughout throwing, not just today, but the past couple of weeks!! 😀 SO off I trotted across the track, javelins in hand. I had missed the feel of my trusty Calypso and Randal (favourite javelins). It was a beautiful day for throwing!

Me throwing standing

I was really hesitant to begin with….it was slightly surreal! My first throw…….TEARS EVERYWHERE. I fell to my knees crying with happiness – I couldn’t believe it. My first throw in just under a year; it was finally here. 🙂 It took me a little while to compose myself again to carry on throwing! I wish I had it on camera haha!

I started with just a few standing throws, taking the javelin for a walk up and down the field. It felt so light in my hand! I moved on to 3 and 5 strides, getting a little more momentum into the javelin. It didn’t hurt to throw at all….but I was scared, tentative. I knew it would definitely take time – I just have to accept that everyone always has to start somewhere! It can only go up from here. I was throwing about 20m – I didn’t want to push it. I was fighting the tears throughout the session haha, had a little cry after as well. Blooming hec so emotional! Today has been a good day 😀

Throwing action shot

A HUGE THANK YOU TO MY SAVIOUR PROFESSOR LENNARD FUNK, MY AMAZING SURGEON; MY PHYSIO AT BRIDGEWATER HOSPITAL, MY PHYSIO HERE AT LOUGHBOROUGH UNI PHIL EVANS WHO HAS DONE A FABULOUS JOB FOR THE LAST 9 MONTHS AND MY COACH WHO HAS HELPED ME THROUGH THE UPS AND DOWNS.

I cannot thank you enough 🙂