PETALING JAYA: The fear of a shoulder injury is hampering national artistic gymnast Jeremiah Loo Phay Xing (pic) from going full steam on his return to training.
The 2017 SEA Games gold medallist said even though he was doing his recovery and indoor workouts during the almost four-month break caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, returning to training in the gym is quite worrying.
The sight of his teammates excites him but doing somersaults, turns, twists, and skills is something that he is afraid of performing in the early stages of training.
“Gymnastics is a dangerous sport. After four months of not doing skills training I am afraid I could not pick it up immediately,” said the 22-year-old Jeremiah.
“I would need at least a month to get back my physical strength.
“I also need to gain flexibility, but it would take some time to return to my former self. I also could not go for my physiotherapy sessions for my shoulder because of the movement control order.
“I only relied on the recovery programmes given by the National Sports Institute (NSI), so my shoulder is not fully healed yet.”
Jeremiah, who injured his left shoulder in June last year and aggravated the injury during the Philippines’ SEA Games last December, wants to ensure a full recovery before taking part in any competitions.
Right now, Jeremiah just wants to savour his time with his teammates after months of not meeting them.
“It is pretty good that we can meet up again. I am glad that they are healthy and in good spirits.
“We look thinner now because we lost some muscles as we could not do any apparatus training.
“I guess it is better to be thinner than to see any of us in the hospital during this period,” joked Jeremiah.