Elite Advice: From Injury to Victory

How four elites managed to turn disappointment into drive

Posted: 23 February 2011
by Ruth Emmett

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Athlete: Harry Aikines-Aryeetey
Setback: Injury

Having previously stormed to 100m and 200m gold at the World Youth Champs, Aikines-Aryeetey "expected to win the Europeans in 2007 pretty easily", he says. "But suddenly, spinal stress fractures meant I couldn't even compete."

The break gave him new maturity: "I used to stress over training; having it almost taken away from me reminded me why I love it." He came back 11 months later with a 6.59 60m PB; he's currently the second fastest Brit over 100m.

Aikines-Aryeetey will need to keep on top of his injury recovery techniques if he is to overcome his recent hamstring injury and perform well at the European Indoor Championships on March 4-6. Find out more about Aikines-Aryeetey's Championship chances.

Bounce Back

Under medical guidance, do gentle exercise twice a week until you can run again. Many injured pros aqua-jog or rely, like Aikines-Aryeetey, on walking drills, Pilates and foam roller stretches.

Picture credit: GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images

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I have picked up an injury i have had a friend who is training in physio he has said I havent got runner kneee, but my quads are causing me pain at the top of my knee.  At the moment there is a slight swelling above my knee.  I am resting it for 4 days as that is the advice he has given me, I am also going to see my doctor but I have a 10k run in 7 days.  I am hoping this doesnt stop me running as I have been running for a year now and really enjoy it.  It also has lots of benefits, like happy endorphins and helps keep my weight down and also its my tie to clear my head. I would be lost without running but if I end up having to stop as you cant run without your knees I am going to be gutted.  Any other advice

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