I am a secondary school physics teacher, track and field coach and athlete. I had previously been the New Zealand Open Men’s National Shotput champion in 1996. In 2012 I started experiencing severe pain in my left hip. Over the next 2 years it became debilitating, to a point that I could only walk short distances and I could not do the things that I loved. I had a full replacement of my left hip in 2014.
My treatment and recovery
The care that I received from the surgeon and hospital staff was brilliant. I spent 6 weeks off work recovering in which time I did extensive rehab. Strength and mobility work every day. Within 6 weeks I had discarded the crutches. I could full squat 30×60 kg by 8 weeks, deadlift 20×140 kg by 6months, deadlift 10×180 kg by 8 months. Eighteen months after the operation, I finished 4th in the Men’s shotput in the over 50s at the World Masters Championships.
TipBe determined. Set your goals high. Don't think of the prosthetic hip as an impediment.
Go for it.