Player Watch #1: Majak Daw [Part II] - 2019 season over due to hamstring injury in VFL vs NthBlues - signed for 2020

ferball

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Yeah, it's an odd feeling because, at least for me, it wasn't actually tight, but there was, for want of a better word, a sensation there, and it was in the same spot where I'd previously injured it. I honestly don't know how to explain it better or what to compare it to. I wonder if there's a sports science or physio person around here that maybe can explain the physiology of it.
It didn't feel right but it didn't feel wrong ... if that makes sense.

It just felt like ... something. When normally it was unnoticeable.

I have a mate who was an osteopath, does acupuncture and is a highly qualified practitioner of Chinese medicine (as well as being a mad bastard). He has a really good understanding of anatomy too. Holistically. Ie That little weakness in your left knee will be reflected in the way you hold your body here, here and here and may cause you back and shoulder problems. He kept up with stuff, medical currency and was pretty intent on

His theory of acupuncture is this (he does consider chi as a thing but he works practically and uses western terms when he's describing stuff) - lots of minor injuries are not really noticeable. Tiny tears in muscles especially. He reckons the muscles around those injuries don't relax properly because they are trying to keep the injured fibres or area slack to facilitate their healing instead of allowing them to be exposed to tension that might further exacerbate the injury. This can be a problem. often they sort themselves out but sometimes they don't or something happens to the fibres around the injury trying to take the tension off.

He said it usually is noticeable as a tiny little ball or lump in the muscle. Miniscule but noticeable if you feel for it carefully. He was right too. I found what he was describing regularly and it responds to massage as well. These days I wonder if it'd correspond to what they call a hot spot.

He used to rock up at our local shop, grab a beer or two and hang around in the arvo as we all knocked off work. Then he'd check each of us and give us acupuncture if we had any aches and pains or maybe do some other work or recommend specific exercises. He kept people going up here for years and if he wasn't another mad campaigner from the hills could probably have had a job at any number of professional sporting organisations if he'd wanted. He's on his last legs now and its noticeable how many other people miss work because they can't get the treatment he used to provide.

I used to talk about injuries to him when I was playing footy and ... described what i mentioned upthread. He said hammies and that process I noted above went together and suggested that I might have been noticing that.

Its just an anecdote but i thought it was worth mentioning.
 

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Eh, obviously I'm no professional athlete, but as someone who has pinged the string on both legs a number of times playing local footy, I know what they mean by that.

It's kinda hard to explain, but awareness does it well, and I'd be interested to know if others who have torn hammies before have felt the same. For me it was a feeling that something wasn't quite right, but it wasn't necessarily tight either.

When I was less knowledgeable and after I'd only done it once, I felt the 'awareness' at training, but kept training because I thought I was on the verge of getting dropped from the 1s, kept training and sue enough it went about 15 minutes later. Being the adaptable creature I am, every time I got that feeling again after that, which has been a number of times, I eased off.

Take it with some salt or whatever as an amateur sporting experience, but I personally understand the use of that term.
Same deal with my quad. It's a repeat offender and every time I become "aware" of it I know I'm in for a ping very bloody soon.
 

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As it stands and probably hasn't been discussed is he's made a 100% recovery. So whether he gets a game this year or not isn't really that important....

we look to be picking up a intercepting KP back next year for nothing. Said it before Bruce aint kicking near six goals with Majak in the side and anyone other KPF who thinks he'll be clunking them next year against us is going to be disappointed

Dickhead!:)


Apparently the mental demons surrounding whether he could get back are gone and this injury was due to lack of conditioning and not accident related. :thumbsu:
 

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Eh, obviously I'm no professional athlete, but as someone who has pinged the string on both legs a number of times playing local footy, I know what they mean by that.

It's kinda hard to explain, but awareness does it well, and I'd be interested to know if others who have torn hammies before have felt the same. For me it was a feeling that something wasn't quite right, but it wasn't necessarily tight either.

When I was less knowledgeable and after I'd only done it once, I felt the 'awareness' at training, but kept training because I thought I was on the verge of getting dropped from the 1s, kept training and sue enough it went about 15 minutes later. Being the adaptable creature I am, every time I got that feeling again after that, which has been a number of times, I eased off.

Take it with some salt or whatever as an amateur sporting experience, but I personally understand the use of that term.
Can confirm I had similar symptoms when I played juniors. Trained, felt tightness at some extensions of my left leg when long kicking to a target, was aware and played on regardless. Fast forward to game day, pinged in warm up and played out the game (due to low numbers) only to ice it til a ultrasound the next day. Playing on made the injury worse. Went from a 1-2 week slight strain to a torn hamstring that was over-worked.

3-4 weeks on the sidelines. Actually made it back for finals but had to play with a bit of deep heat applied just to numb the annoying slight pain.

Hamstrings are the worst.
 

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Had to journey to Arden St early this morning and had a gander across the road to see if anything was happening at our “Elite Training Facility”. Nek minnet, one player appears on the track doing solo run throughs......... none other than Maj.

No VFL or AFL games for him to train for. Just rehab preparation for a huge preseason ahead. What a great sign!
 

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For what it's worth saw this posted on North Melbourne's private forum, seems like the admiration is mutual TT:

Majak Daw said:
Had to journey to Arden St early this morning and had a gander across the road to see if anything was happening at our “Elite Training Facility”. Nek minnet, one supporter appears on the track doing solo run throughs......... none other than Twinkletoes.

No car key parties or swinger events for him to train for. Just rehab preparation for a huge budgie smuggler beach season ahead. What a great sign!
 

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