A Chat about Injury and Rehab with Goose (Fran Goss)
So, you were injured for quite some time, what happened and how long were you out for?
I was playing the BUCS final game in March and - it’s all my fault really but – basically, I was about two metres from the try line and I had one of the old girls on my left-hand shoulder…a girl tackled me from my left hand side and I went over my right knee. I ruptured my ACL and was out from March ‘till late November.
Oof, yeah that’s not good. What element of being injured did you struggle with the most?
I really struggled during the holidays; I don’t think I realised how much being injured would affect my mental health – my mood dropped, my motivation went out the window, it was Easter break and I hardly revised.
It wasn’t necessarily the physical side of things that bothered me because you can live with a ruptured ACL; I could still walk but was told that I definitely should not be playing rugby.
Mentally, what methods did you use to cope with your situation and keep yourself on the right track to recover?
Having a physio and sticking to my physio work helped because I could notice little changes which made me feel better.
I was determined to get back to playing rugby, so having an end goal was a motivator for me.
What actions did you take to address the physical problem of the injury itself e.g. ice, exercises…?
Because I needed to use my hamstrings for balance (to take over the job of my ACL) I was doing a lot of single-leg RDLs (Romanian deadlifts).
Also, when the team would train, I would be on the side of the pitch doing cone drills to work on my stability; shuttle runs, side-step shuttle runs…Side-step drills were really important because one of my key strengths before injury had been my ability to side-step.
One of the cone drills I did was to place cones in a box formation, touch the ground on one side – side-step – touch the ground on the other side.
People often say that in the time that they were injured, they learned things about themselves which they wouldn’t have, had they not been injured. Was this the case for you?
I always knew that rugby was a big thing for me but whilst injured, I learned how completely important it was to me and how much I wanted to continue to play.
Injury also made me think differently about the lives of people who are disabled permanently. It opened my eyes to what they might be going through but on a grander scale.
What advice do you have for people who know that they will be injured for a while?
Stick to your physio! I know so many people who had the same injury as me, who didn’t do their physio work and ended up needing to have an operation. Gym work is also really important – never stop doing your physio and gym work.