Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Well, the shin pain has improved a lot. Tylenol helps. Against doctors orders, against my better judgement, and with a lot of tape (and the help of a sports medicine web site with detailed taping instructions), I played half a game of hockey tonight at about half intensity. When I mentioned the possibility at the office, I was told, "you're hardcore." I got a slow warm-up and I was a stride behind the play most of the time, and I missed some passes that should have been easy. The team needed the relief, though. I just trailed the offensive play, screened the D, screened the goalie, and on the defensive end I just checked their left D. There was a short bench. Believe it or not, whatever was tight in my shins and ankles loosened up. Warming up those muscles and stretching them out has done wonders. I also discovered the source of the shin stress. My shin pads have a seam in the middle of the shin. The padding on either side of it is compressed and broken down. Falling on my knees is like falling on a small stick across the shins. It's time for new shin pads. I have ice on my shins now, and I'm relieved to be assured that the pain isn't some neurological disorder, gout, or something terminal. The doctor was right, but it's clear that I'm not playing hockey tomorrow or next week. I want this to heal for good.