Injury ends season for Swain
5 Feb 2010
Olympian Ben Swain has been forced to call an end to his season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in training.
World Championship finalist Swain injured his knee in training last week and will now miss the FINA World Cup and the FINA Diving World Series.
It is a difficult time for Swain who was hoping to continue his good form from the World Championships in the summer. His 3m synchro partner Nick Robinson-Baker will now focus on his individual list for the 2010 season.
Swain will have surgery on the knee in the Spring and has high hopes of being able to make a full recovery for the 2011 season where he will aim to compete at the World Championships in Shanghai, China.
“I am really disappointed to have this injury at the beginning of the season because I was feeling strong and ready for the rest of 2010,” Swain said. “I have been in lots of pain but the support I have received has been great.
“I will be out for the rest of the season and I think it really is a shame to miss the World Cup, World Series and the Commonwealth Games. This year Nick and I were hoping for medals in all of the World Series events and Commonwealth Games.
“My surgery is scheduled for the spring and I hope it all goes well and my recuperation goes to plan. I know I will come back fighting for 2011 in preparation for the 2012 Olympics with my Individual and Synchro lists.”
National Performance Director Alexei Evangulov shares Swain’s disappointment but knows that the sport has the right support systems in place to help the Olympic finalist make a full recovery.
“It is disappointing that Ben will now be out for the rest of the season but his programme for recovery has been created and we have a very good medical team from the EIS behind him. It is good that this is an injury that can be fixed and he will return to competition.
“We have a special strength and conditioning programme in place for Ben for when he can’t train and this will help keep his fitness up. We are all behind him and he will come back stronger.”
EIS’ Lead Physiotherapist for Diving Gareth Ziyambi has been working with Swain since the injury and will help to make sure that he is ready for the path to recovery.
“My main job at the moment is to help prepare Ben for surgery,” Ziyambi said. “The stronger the knee is beforehand the better his chances are of a full recovery.
“The injury he has is quite common within sports and he is seeing one of the best surgeons in Sheffield. Generally, these injuries take about nine months to heal and so we are looking for him to be back in training at the latter half of the year. After his surgery, I will be working with Ben on an intensive physio programme to help him recover full movement in the knee.
“We are all working on making sure Ben is as positive and motivated as possible because this will help his recovery and I know that Mark’s [Campbell, the lead strength and conditioning coach] programme will help Ben to make a full recovery.”