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The Torture Team

August 24, 2007

There are a team of people that help me immensely in my training by torturing me. I love them for it. There is a small part of me that hates them for it too. I know that without them, I wouldn’t be as far along in my shoulder recovery as I am today. They keep me moving from one long swim to the next. And for this they should be recognized.


First we have Michelle “Strong Arm” Ogden, my massage therapist. She is a petite little thing, but she pacts quite a punch. I know she gets distinct pleasure of tackling my massive knots in my shoulders and back. Although she may curse me as well due to the work that she has to put into it.

Michelle Ogden - Massage Therapist

Next on the torture team is the Athetic Training Department. Each one of them has their own unique brand of torture for me. They all swear that all the exercises will make me and more importantly my shoulders stronger. However there are times when I think they are just trying to see in what new ways I can contort myself. I’m sure they look at me and think “Look at what we got her doing now”. The team is as follows: Kathy McCleavey, Bryce Gillespie, Andrew Rager, and Jennifer Stuhmer.

The Athletic Trainers

Dr. Russel “Bone Crusher” Kort, D.C. is responsible for making sure that all my body parts are in alignment and moving like a greased hinge. Without his help on atlas adjustments and spinal adjustments, I would definitely have more trouble bilateral breathing than necessary.


Lastly and the newest addition to the group is my orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Greenleaf. I finally convinced myself to go to the doc to see really what was going on with my shoulders as by now my right one has started acting up. After some pulling, pushing, some small exercises and some x-rays the diagnosis…impingements in both shoulders. This means that my rotator cuff muscles are getting slammed into the shoulder joint by my larger back and pec muscles. For the record, this is what my athletic trainers thought and my 1.5 hours of physical therapy 4 times a week is around strengthening these little buggers. The Doc recommended cortisone shots in both shoulders to alleviate the swelling and to help aid in the strengthening exercises. I had to research on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s website regarding this treatment. It fell in the gray area. They can be done but only with proper authorization. I have since emailed and received approval for the shots from the CSA, Ltd. I will be moving forward with the shots on Monday.


It is too these health care professionals that I send a big thank you for helping me achieve my goal and make sure that I get there in one piece.

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