Mom and I waitingProfessional runners don’t generally get special treatment from medical professionals the way, say, football players do. But if you are lucky, doctors in your area will take an interest in your career and go above and beyond what’s required to help you along.

Time is everything in sport. Small timeframe to shoot for the Olympics; even smaller timeframes to be ready year in and year out. Any injury or mishap takes away the most cherished and coveted thing an athlete can hope for: uninterrupted stretches of training, or consistency. This is where a medical team can really make a difference in an athlete’s career.

To be a successful elite athlete, the following has to be possible: When I need a doctor, I make sure I can see someone within a maximum of two days. If needed, a scan needs to be obtained within the week (or the bare minimum of days to get pre-approved by insurance). Open PT slips have to be written for the maximum number or days allowable. And the doctors have to “get it,” understanding that time is everything in elite sport.

To prevent small niggles from becoming full blown injuries, elite-minded doctors keep in touch with you via email, or phone, assuring that the medical advice they gave you in the office still applies as the body/symptoms change.

And I only bring this up because when you develop these kind of relationships, you get used to finding out information so quickly (i.e. the results of yesterday’s bone scan). BUT, alas, when you schedule a bone scan for Friday afternoon, the radiologist doesn’t get to write the report until the next business day, otherwise known as MONDAY! God, the suspense is killing me. I’m spoiled, I know.