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Prinsloo battles injury, health issues in nationals build-up
- Updated: March 2, 2015
Commonwealth Games swimmer Karin Prinsloo is facing a two-pronged struggle to be back to her best for next month’s national swimming championships in Durban.
The High Performance Centre ace, is suffering from a lower back injury and back spasms but that’s not the only dilemma that’s getting her down.
She also has to decide on the most opportune time to have her tonsils removed. After the health problems she experienced at last year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, she does not want to be bothered by troublesome tonsils again during a major championship.
Prinsloo’s injury woes started about two weeks ago in the build-up to the SA Grand Prix Meeting in Stellenbosch.
‘In spite of the fact that my lower back was killing me I kept on training. I competed in Stellenbosch but had to withdraw before the finals because the pain became unbearable.
‘At first I thought I might be suffering from kidney stones but blood tests proved that it was not the case. After further tests, which included a scan, the doctor told me that I suffered from scoliosis of the lower back and that this might be contributing to the back spasms.
‘At times the pain was so bad that I could barely sit down, but thanks to the magic hands of hpc’s physiotherapists I’m beginning to feel much better. But I’m still battling to do proper turns in the swimming pool.
‘I don’t think I will be at my best at the SA Championships but am confident that I’ll be able to swim the qualifying times for the World Championships. However, I will have to give careful consideration to in which events I will compete because I don’t think I will be able to take part in as many as I did in the past.
‘I think I’ll compete only in the 400-freestyle, 200-freestyle and 200-metre backstroke because I have already managed to swim the A-qualifying times in those events. I will probably have my tonsils removed after the national championships, which should give me enough time to recuperate.’
Igor Omeltchenko, head coach at Tuks, will be happy if Prinsloo competes in fewer events.
‘Karin could easily qualify to compete in five events at World Championships but she will certainly perform better if she competes in only three.’
Picture: Reg Caldecott