In January, I fooled myself into believing I was ready to try something I wasn’t.
I had been dealing with tendinopathy in the right hip for quite some time (close to two years). Believing my body was younger and stronger than it was, I waited way too long to start PT.
I kept thinking the pain would get better on its own. When it improved a smidge, I dove into an advanced pose in yoga that I had no business trying. Immediately I felt the pop - like a rubber band that has been stretched too far. And I knew I had seriously messed up.
(I wouldn’t know just how much I had screwed up until several months later when it hit me how long and hard recovery would be.)
Even though the surgery did what it was supposed to do – repair the tendon attachment and remove the bursa – I won’t know until several more months if it actually did what it was supposed to do.
As my surgeon said, “A tear is a tear, and you have to rebuild, and it takes a long time.” Right now, the muscle is simply still too weak and sore to know the final outcome yet.
Below are seven important truths I have been reminded of as a result of this surgery, though. They’re important enough to make me grateful that I’ve gone through this process, so keep reading if you want to know them, too.
Author // the skating yogi
My name is Sarah Neal. I have been immersed in the world of figure skating for over four decades. I have seen firsthand the abuse that happens at the higher levels of our sport and experienced how that trickles down into unhealthy training practices and habits at the grassroots. I have seen this play out in the operations of the very institutions that control our sport. Whether for a profession or hobby, pursuing skating should be a joyful, rewarding process, an opportunity for athletic and personal growth, and a place to build lasting friendships.