Well game 2 of my Aussie Rules comeback was not a great one, the team was short leaving us with no one on the bench resulting in the coach and runner pulling on a jumper for the just in case factor. Although us being short was a bad thing it also gave me much needed game time on the ground allowing me to start on the field. I started in a back pocket a position I have probably only played 4 or 5 times in my entire career so it was a bit different. On top of not playing the position we were playing a fit team with a strong bench meaning the ball was down there constantly, the player I was on was either clever or really lazy and he wasn’t keen to go at the ball much and always ended get the ball over the back, most of the time it looked like he almost hadn’t moved and happened to just be in the right place.
At quarter time I got moved to the half forward line and managed to get a couple of possessions, but continually found myself over running the ball, miss reading the bounce, getting a bad bounce or just fumbling the ball it was very frustrating.
At half time the body was starting to stiffen up a little as it was more than I had run in a long time, I got a my hands on the ball early in the third and when pushing my self hard to mark a ball I felt it got ping my right hamstring was gone, I pulled up super quick barely able to put pressure I my right leg even though the ball was still in the vicinity I could barely move the leg was tight and any movement of my leg shot pain through my hamstring. I came from the ground instantly I spent the rest of the game watching the rest of the 100 point drubbing from the bench. I had never done a hamstring before but I can tell you it is painful, until straining the muscle you have no idea how much you use it. It was my right leg so driving home was agony braking accelerating everything causing pain to shoot through my leg. I was suppose to be at the showdown but I needed to get home and start icing the hammy, I have a split level house and getting up those five stairs to get to the freezer felt like I was climbing a mountain. I spent the night on and off icing it until trying to sleep which was annoying that night any movement of my leg and I was awake. The next day I was pretty much stuck to the couch which sucked because I was suppose to be the one doing everything for my wife (Sarah) with it being Mothers day and I have arranged for my sister to come over for lunch to have an early birthday lunch for Sarah’s birthday.
Two days on now there is still some pain and quite a bit of discomfort walking, driving and almost anything relating to moving my leg. Looks like game 3 of the footy comeback might be a few weeks away.
For the next week or so compression bandages and in a few days some light stretching followed by trying to strengthen the muscle and surrounding muscles such as the glutes to stop it from happening again.