At the last Zloty Tur, Sergey Kalinichenko made his debut in professionals. Unfortunately, the debut ended with a serious injury, which entailed both physical and psychological problems. In the conversation, Sergey told in what condition his hand is now, how the recovery process was going on and what he had to face over the past year. ()
Almost a year has passed after the injury, tell me how your hand is now? Did she fully recover?
- Over the past year, my arm has recovered almost completely, at least the bone has grown together completely. The muscles did not fully recover, as did the mobility of the shoulder joint, I can say it recovered by 95%. Also, the innervation has not fully recovered, so far I can not fully extend my fingers. But there is definitely progress, and today I feel much better than even two months ago.
How was this year for you in terms of sports?
- This year was not very good for me in terms of sports. I was greatly crippled by the preparations for the Lviv Open tournament, because I heavily loaded the right hand, and practically did not touch the left hand. After pulling at the tournament, I started having problems with the back muscles on the left side and I was literally skewed. But over the course of a year, I worked on this problem and already corrected this imbalance. After Lviv Open, I didn’t perform anywhere else and basically did light training. Also, throughout the year, in addition to training, I constantly went for massage and various rehabilitation procedures. In my student years I was engaged in volleyball for about 4 years and now I started playing again to use my left hand in various loads to better restore it, for the last 2 months I have been playing at the city championship.
Your injury was very serious, what difficulties did you encounter in the recovery process?
- The most difficult thing that I encountered this year is to overcome my fear of fighting at the table. I knew that preparing for Lviv Open is an illogical decision, because I needed to recover, but I understood that until I competed in competitions, I could not overcome the fear of going to the table, because I constantly remembered how my arm breaks. I could not even look at the struggle of others, it constantly seemed to me that now something would happen. But unfortunately, the speech did not help me, the fear remained and I continue to fight with it. I think I can handle it.