Last weekend I got to go to Regionals as I have for the last 5 years, but this one was different. I acted as a Physical Therapist, friend, and fan, instead of an athlete like years past. People commented how it must be hard for me to just watch, but to be honest it was a bit of a relief to have a much needed year off. It was fun to see friend’s compete and take in the other side of it. Now if I’m watching again next year that will start to piss me off and get hard, but I don’t plan on that! It’s been fun training without the pressure this year and that’s how it all began.
On to the photos!
Sam and I after she smashed the first day of competition.
I was happy to help my friend Sam through the Regionals. She contacted me 9 days out with a photo of her bruised foot and said “what’s wrong with it?” I was like, “well looks like where your peroneal inserts, but I don’t know, what did you do?” She said she wasn’t sure, but I remember from her post earlier in the week, she had done the rope climb workout in a weighted vest, so I figured it had something to do with that. Anyways, flash forward Sam got an x-ray showing an avulsion fracture of the base of her fifth metatarsal (long little toe bone). Probably from dropping off of the rope, freak thing, and probably just the perfect angle.
It’s hard to see but it’s all the way to the outside of her R foot. There’s a little dark line there that shouldn’t be. I spoke to a couple podiatrists and a couple of orthopedic specialists and told Sam that she may end up with a pin in the foot later if she decided to compete. Sam being Sam decided to go for it of course, so from that point my goal was to help my friend do the least damage possible. We dry needled her peroneals and entire calf to loosen up any of the muscles that might have contributed to the problem, did some cupping to the calf and lateral lower leg as well, and tried some taping techniques to provide a fulcrum for the tendon so it wouldn’t pull on the fracture as much.
It’s hard to compare one injury to another because they’re all different, but I’m sure that this thing did not feel good at Regionals. Actually Sam told me later she felt like she might throw up on the run. Not because she was out of shape, but because it hurt so much. Now that she’s through the competition however, she did see another orthopedic ankle specialist. He thinks she will be good to start training again after 3 weeks in a boot as long as the x-rays show that it’s begun to heal. Fingers crossed! Either way she is a fucking warrior…
And now more pictures
Rory, Garrett Fisher, and I.
My lil homie Emily Friedman.
The infamous Lauren Brooks and I having fun at the Kill Cliff tent.
Two of my favorite OG’s from the Dirty South, Johnny Mac and Todd Lynch.
My friend Zach Scoville is a chiropractor I met while at my last ART course in Atlanta. He came out to the event to help treat as well.
A collage of other CrossFit OG’s (“the Dave Castro”, Chuck Carswell, Sloane Sapan, and the CrossFit Football crew) .
Me trying out my camera skills and poking Rory in the face with the microphone!
A huge congrats to this guy at the end of the weekend, EZ Muhammed, for clutching a win on event 7 that’s sending him on his first trip to Carson!
Big Thank You to CrossFit Atlanta for letting me workout while I was in town.
And lastly a little celebration time with Sam afterwards over some cheat meal pizza and beverages. I didn’t really do nearly as much activity as her to deserve it, but so what!
I love the irony of this picture 😛