by Dr. Tim Maggs, © February 2000
Excuse me for being a little critical, but much like the heavyweight championship fight that doesn't make it past the head of your first beer, I have a little trouble revolving my day around a sporting event that never happens.
With much anticipation, viewers suffered watching Michael Johnson pull up followed closely by Maurice Green. One minute before the race started, my 11 year old son asked me, "Dad, what would you do if those two guys came in last place?". "Never happen", I told him. Ha. Just when I thought I knew everything.
For the past 5 years, I've been preaching improved muscle management. Sure, it's more work than the archaic stretch and rest program we've all been told to follow, but when on earth will people begin to realize MORE is needed. I suffered for 8 years with calf pulls before finding the experts who had enough knowledge and information to show me how to get back out there and become a runner again. My life was given back to me. I cringe at the number of injury reports I read every day in all sports--pulled hamstring, pulled groin, pulled calf muscle, achilles tendon rupture. Come on; please admit that more is needed. Like Timon says in The Lion King; "And this is okay with everybody?".
Muscle recovery is the name of the game in all sports today. Michael Johnson had problems with his quadriceps prior to this fateful event. And that wasn't even the muscle that cramped. It was his hamstring. The level of competition and demand on the athlete today doesn't work well with Mother Nature's recovery time frame. Athletes are pushing the limits, and too many are crashing and burning.
The Maggs Muscle Management Program uses what Mother Nature provides, and enhances it for faster recovery and superior muscle function. With it, muscles warm-up more thoroughly, recover quicker, heal from injury much faster and ultimately, perform better. The most common muscle injuries that benefit from this program are; quadricep pulls, hamstring pulls, calf pulls, achilles tendonitis, patellar tendonitis, plantar fascitis, ilio-tibial band syndrome, hip pain (piriformis) syndrome, low back syndrome and shin splints. All of these conditions are usually results of overuse with lack of full recovery. This program flushes the muscle of toxins that accumulate after exercise while also increasing blood flow (food and oxygen) to the involved muscles. This allows a muscle to warm-up more thoroughly and recover quicker.
It only took me 75-80 calf pulls and 8 years of persistence in looking for a solution before I found something that worked for me. If anyone suggests I don't know what it's like to be injured, please. So when 2 of the world's best pull up lame in one of the biggest races of Track & Field, a race that would help to bring our sport to the forefront and give us a little recognition, allow me to angst in the privacy of my living room when I think I have an answer to their problem. I felt like I built Noah's arc in my basement.
I now run everyday. I run anywhere from 35-40 miles per week. At the height of my injuries, I could never run more than once every three days and not more than 3-4 miles at a time. My emotions often encouraged me to ignore the condition and follow the plan I used to follow, thus leading to injury after injury. I never got comfortable in the 8 years of my doom and gloom. I tried cycling with no success. Swimming provided less. Nothing replaced the total package that running gave me. I wouldn't let up. I ultimately met Dr. Andrew Bonci, a muscle physiology specialist, who taught me about the trigger point. His research and knowledge led me to the beginning of my recovery. The progress has been a process, but much like the cancer patient who wants to help every other patient on the planet to recover, I, too have felt the need to use every opportunity available to inform other runners. Forget the R-I-C-E method as your only means of treatment. Although beneficial, it certainly couldn't come close to helping me prevent my next pull. More was needed. My muscle management program can comfortably be done in the confines of your own home by you and you alone. A little discipline and time is all that's needed.
For anyone out there who wants more, needs more but doesn't know where to turn, this is your lucky day. Many athletes have benefited from this program. And, should any of you happen to see Michael or Maurice in your travels, please tell them to visit my website so that we, the viewers, won't have to watch them suffer as they did. I'd also like to enjoy the rest of my beer as I watch them finish a race.