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Discussion: Injury that has set you back

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Oct. 18, 2006
Men's 60
336 posts
Injury that has set you back
Had major knee surgery in 1990; had another on the same knee but not as major in 12/05. I know somebody can trump this little surgery. What surgery did you have?

John W. Hayes
Oct. 19, 2006
Men's 50
68 posts
Well, let's see. I guess you're only talking about surgeries so I'll limit it to that.
1. Broke my left thumb joint in 7 places in 1995 and had external traction
2. Carpel tunnel surgery on left hand in 1996
3. Prostate surgery in Jan. 2004 and it was done by a Robot.
4. Surgery on my left knee in April 2004
5. Lastly, and I mean I "hope" it's my last, ruptured my left Achillies tendon and had surgery on Aug. 11th, 2006--still recovering from this one.
Fortunately, after each one of these, I've still been able to play ball, well, the Achillies one remains to be seen but I have every intention of being back next year.
Oct. 19, 2006
Hit the gap
Men's 70
154 posts
I am very fortunate so far. Just minor surgeries and nagging injuries so far.

Hernia operations on both sides. To much weight on the bar at the gym.

Elbow tendonitus. Sometimes very painful but mostly just annoying.

Plantar fasciitis. This can be almost crippling. Had it really bad in 2005. No problems this year.

Rotator cuff pain. Again just nagging. Small tears and scar tissue.

I guess after 35 years of softball and just about every other sport you can think of, that ain't bad.
Oct. 19, 2006
Men's 55
568 posts
Oct. 20, 2006
9 posts
Hey guys at our age everyone has been injuryed or has had surgery, big deal. Suck it up hit the weight room, Hit more balls get in better shape. Most all injuries come from not being in shape or not prepared before you start playing a game Strech then strech some more Than after the Game drink a case of beer you get real loose.
Oct. 20, 2006
14 posts
Other than a quad muscle tear this year in Plano, I've made it through the years pretty well. I had shoulder surgery in '95 (Atlanta) and it tok me 10 months to play again - maybe 2 years to get back to almost normal arm strength. I'd postponed the surgery, since tearing the labrum and partial tear of the '93! I actually changed my (SS) throw to a sidearm style, but it just didn't cut it.
Hey, Tater - I know you've had your battles with knee problems. I've seen the excellent hitter you still are, even with the knee issues! Keep on swingin', man!

Oct. 20, 2006
Men's 50
3114 posts
Hey Tator,
Great topic.
I just got the worst injury I've ever had from Senior Ball
this past year when I started pulling a hamstring
in Salem a few months ago.
It never got better and then exploded on me in Vegas
a couple of weeks ago.
I was lucky it hung on till the 1st inning of the championship game.
It's almost a month and I still can't sleep more than 2 hours at a time from the pain.
I overdosed on Motrin like a fool at the beginning and am now afraid to take anything for it.
I've ordered a device I won't comment on now
that's supposed to aid in healing.
If it's half as good as it supposed to be
every senior player should have one in his bag.
I'll report back to you on it, later.

I always heard how bad hamstring's could be but never thought it would happen to me.
Oct. 20, 2006
Men's 60
336 posts
Wow! Mitch, glad to see you are still playing. We do not quit playing cause we get old, we get old cause we quit playing. Tank13: you are right about the weight lifting, but sometimes even weight lifting cannot prevent a collision, in which was my case in 90 when a guy landed against my stiff left leg & my knee cracked like a 30.06 rifle.
If DD10 is the guy that I think he is: hope you get better. He is probably one of best conditioned athletes that I know; can run all day, you have to drag him off of the field because he runs out of fluids; he plays so hard.
Einstein: because of the reoccuring knee problem; I favored that leg & put too much pressure on all the rest of the muscles & snapped a HS just like yourself. I went down like the Titanic in Ft. Myers in 05'. LMK when you get the device in relation to the HS, it seems as we get older the muscles tighen up on us.

John W. Hayes
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