Life on Tour with Jean-Yves Aubone (@JYNole): January 2015 Update #1
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January 2015 Update #1-Miami, Florida, USA
While everyone else has been preparing and even begun the 2015 season, I’ve been at home patiently waiting to start my offseason training. It’s been seven weeks since I played my last match. It’s also been seven weeks since I last played any real tennis. I’ve missed so much time due to achilles bursitis. Achilles bursitis occurs when the bursa (small fluid filled sac located at the back of the heel) becomes inflamed. I played with it throughout 2014. I never stopped because it never became inflamed enough for me to stop playing.
Athletes tend to make the mistake that if the pain is manageable then they will play. At the end of the day that’s all we want to do. We just want to play. Why stop because of a tiny amount of pain? Well because that tiny amount of pain, if not treated correctly, can turn into a lot of pain. That’s what happened to me. By the end of the year I was struggling to run, jump and even walk. The pain was too great and I had to cut my season short by a few weeks.
After seeing a doctor in South Florida I was informed that the recommended treatment for achilles bursitis is rest of 4-6 weeks, lots of ice to remove the inflammation, and loosening the calf muscle through stretches and massages.
Unfortunately I’ve had to take the entire 6 weeks away from the court. The only exercise I’ve been allowed to do is swimming and non-impact exercises in the gym. Fortunately these things have kept me in somewhat decent shape so once I get back on the court it won’t take me long to get into my normal form. After all this time I feel close to 100% but I still need to take it slow because of how delicate the injury is. I’m hitting some balls down the middle but with very little movement. Hopefully in a week I can have a full practice.
One of the toughest parts about having to take so much time off is how to spend that time. I’ve continued to wake up early to maintain the same routine as if I were training like normal. This way it’s not so much of a shock to my body when I return to a normal practice schedule. Unfortunately by the time I’m done swimming, going to the gym, and start icing it’s only 11am. By 2pm I start to lose my mind. One of my favorite things to do in my spare time is play golf, but I can’t do that because it aggravates the injury. All my friends and family are at work so I can’t meet up with anyone. I’ve been reading and watching Homeland a lot but that can only provide so much entertainment. I clean my apartment every other day. The only thing that keeps me calm is that I’m doing what is necessary to lengthen my career.
By far the most difficult thing has been taking so much time off when I finished the year so well. I made a really good run during the back half of the year and was excited to keep it going. I reached four ITF singles finals and won one of them. This injury has been a big reminder that an athlete can never do enough to take care of his own body. It’s always worth it to spend extra time doing things such as stretching, seeing the doctor and getting massages. I’m glad I was reminded of this now rather than after a serious injury that could have forced me to miss an entire year or even end my career.
For the moment my only goal is to get back to being healthy. I don’t want to have ranking goals in the back of my mind right now because I can’t risk coming back too soon and hurting myself again. I know with the help of my team it will only be a matter of time before we get back to making runs deep into events.
January 8, 2015
January 8, 2015