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: Ian Jones
Setback: Long- term illness

Already respected as an able-bodied athlete, Jones knew by the time he was 16 that his cards were marked by the muscle-wasting condition muscular dystrophy.

"My legs got progressively weaker, so I switched to para-athletics," he says,  admitting that he felt like "the bewildered new guy". He adds, "But all I ever want is to better myself. I'd rather come last with a great PB than win with a disappointing time."

That purist attitude saw Jones scoop bronze at the Beijing Paralympics in the T44 200m and 400m.

Bounce Back

Jones credits his success to extra strength training: "I do core work three times a week and I use the cross-trainer and free weights." 

Picture credit: Ian Walton/ 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

Many Thanks


Posted: 11/03/2012 at 11:04

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