Who thinks rehab would consist of one treatment after another, very healthy meals and between sometimes sometimes less exciting things to do – this is not entirely wrong. Does it look just like a professional athlete? David Storl, shooter and BIG ambassador, talks about his time in rehab.
Post-injury Rehabilitation – What About Olympic Participation
After the 29-year-old top athlete sustained a back injury during spring 2019 training and drove home after the German bronze medal championship in Berlin, he decided to end the current competitive season: "Persistent complaints have always slowed me down. Continuous training is no longer anything was possible, ”David said. "So I decided to focus on the Olympics next year."
One of the first steps in the fight against Tokyo 2020: a three-day rehab in Bad Wiessee on the beautiful Tegernsee.
VERY hello: As for location, it could make you worse, right? What was your arrival or first day of rehab?
David: (laughs) That's right! After a good five hours of travel, I received Tegernsee with a wonderful late summer weather. I was staying at St. John's Medical Park Hubertus. Shortly after the suitcases were in the room, we went for a first checkup, physiotherapy, and Co.
I first received physiotherapy and a subsequent massage. Then came the active part: an hour and a half of stabilizing training and strengthening my lower back and lower abdomen. And then it was already my first day of rehab, and after a long shower, I arrived on the way to explore the village and even with my family before dinner, even "facetimen".
What was on your diet plan?
Of course only healthy: lots of vegetables, salads and soups – classic Kugelstoßer food (laughs). My coffee consumption was greatly reduced and I switched to herbal and mint tea.
How did your rehab go in the next few weeks?
Basically, the days looked very similar: getting up early, check ups, physiotherapy, treatments, sports, massage or a fango package.
In addition to my manual treatments, electrotherapy for the lower lumbar spine was added. Johann Kühnel, my physical therapist, has a lot of experience in winter sports and I felt very well cared for with him.
Sports therapist Klaus Remuta showed me various exercises that particularly strengthen my weak spots, with the main focus always being on stabilizing the diseased area. Klaus's son is a gymnast, so he has experience in competitive sports.
Overall, I was well cared for and received versatile therapy.
Your conclusion after three weeks of rehab?
Rehaba was very monotonous and exhausting towards the end – the same daily routine and the same exercises every day – greets marmot J. every day and also a lot of empty work in between, which I filled with walks, books and phone calls to my family.
But she definitely achieved something. I have made a lot of progress with lower back stability and have been able to really improve my workout routine. The doctor and therapist are very pleased with the result.
Ali: The pain in the ISG (sacroiliac joint, editor’s note) was still present and I was then treated by an outpatient at Chemnitz. Of course I have to incorporate rehab exercises into daily training and probably do it over and over again in the next few years to stabilize my joint in the long run. But I should do it. I have diligence and ambition!
In the meantime, I am completely healthy and training again. We are now targeting the German Championship in Leipzig in February 2020. The goal is to meet the Olympic norm at the European Cup in London in May.
Thanks for the interview, David! We wish you a good recovery.
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