Blog: the first steps to rehabilitation

Firstly I would like to thank everyone for the many messages of support I have received since the news of my injury.

It’s been two weeks since my operation and for the first time this week I took a couple of steps without crutches! It doesn’t seem that much in the grand scale of things but it is a huge step forward for me in my rehabilitation and my first target crossed off. It was a great feeling. My next focus is to get my quad and hamstring muscles stronger before I banish the crutches for good.

This week I also got to meet Zoe, a young gymnast from Kettering Gymnastics club who was the lucky winner of a competition run by my sponsors Opus Energy ahead of the European Championships.

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I went along to the club in Kettering and spent the morning chatting and giving some advice to Zoe and her club mates, which I hope will be useful in their gymnastics careers. The club is really well run by head coach Marie and I was very impressed with the facilities and heritage at the club. Kettering gymnastics club have already produced some very high level gymnasts and I am sure the current crop of gymnasts will be following in their footsteps.

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Over the next couple of weeks I still need to take it easy, but it won’t stop me working on my upper body conditioning and improving my strength moves on Rings; this was always one of my lowest scoring apparatus.

Its early days and I still have a long rehabilitation programme to work through but I am feeling really positive and confident that I will return even fitter and stronger.