Marek Plawgo, a two-time bronze medalist in the world athletics championship, has undergone nine surgeries in his sport career. He decided to undergo the tenth operation again in Rehasport Clinic nearly five years after he had retired from the world competition – Looking back at previous nine surgeries, in different places in fact, I can assess each of them and place trust in this clinic and professor Przemysław Lubiatowski – says a former outstanding hurdler.
Physically active people are exposed to injuries
It is unfair to say that Marek Plawgo was just a hurdler in his sport adventure. He also did really well in a 400 meter dash, which can be proved by his achievements. In 2007, in the world championship in Osaca, he won a bronze medal in 400 meters hurdles and at the same time established a new Polish record with his 48,12 seconds. He also participated in the final of the relay race 4×400 m to contribute to winning another bronze medal. There were many more achievements but sadly they entailed injuries and treatment – this is the nature of sport.
– I thought I would not have to visit orthopedists anymore but the reality was brutal. As long as you are physically active and do sport, even as an amateur, you are exposed to injuries. This time I came here as a victim of winter sports, and more specifically snowboard. I cannot fully enjoy these winter sports as the first visit to Rehasport was because I fell when ice-skating – Marek Plawgo laughs through tears.
Previous surgery – no complications
„Examination of conscience” which Marek Plawgo did after the last surgery showed the number – ten. This is the number that reflects the number of various injuries. – I never counted them, I lost count of it. Until now. If I am to count it precisely, it will be about 2,5 years of treatment, including surgeries and rehabilitation. Once aponeurosis, another time Achilles tendon, another elbow – says a former sportsman who is now doing perfectly in sport marketing. – I’ve decided to return to Rehasport because looking back at previous nine surgeries, in different places in fact, I can assess each of them and place trust in this clinic and professor Przemysław Lubiatowski. Last time he performed the elbow surgery and there were no complications and consequences, I felt no pain or other unpleasant sensations after training. When I fell on the slope and instantly knew that something wrong happened to my shoulder, I immediately thought about going to Poznań to seeing prof. Lubiatowski – adds Marek Plawgo.
Sport dilemma – time for decisions
Former outstanding sportsmen lead various professional life in the so-called „afterlife”. Some of them take over the role of coaches, advisers, directors in associations or clubs, while others turn their back on sport. That was the case of Marek Plawgo who admits it was not him who resigned from sport, but the other way round. 16 hundredths of a second was missing and ruined chances of qualifying to the Olympics in London in 2012 in his key competition – It was the last time I aspired to participate actively in the top sport. Back then I said to myself that I would quit but I would need one last year to say goodbye. I knew everything I did was the last try: physical workout, mental preparations, participation in competitions. It was also easy time before the second profession, I mean post-sport one – he recalls. – I was always rushing all my life in sport thinking about Olympics, medals and other competitions. Every other training was devoted to building potential success in sport and I never thought that sport would end one day. I didn’t even let myself think about it, I did my best to get best results. And suddenly when I failed to make it to the Olympics, I had a dilemma – professional sport did not want me, and career and further professional life did not accept me. I decided to prepare for one year more – he says.
Daily effort for pleasure is good for health
The thing is that sport no longer interests him. Marek Plawgo compares himself to a miner who has worked in the mine for 20 years. – Do you think a retired miner would like to go to this mine and see it again? I had enough, I felt tired of sport physically and mentally. Maybe shortly after the Olympics I would try to return and work hard but that would not be reasonable. We fell out and I couldn’t enjoy physical activities anymore. After three years I started looking for something else in sport which I could not see before, that is physical hygiene. When I ran I got tired, and I never liked it, but I also noticed that it was like a shot in the arm and gave oxygen to my brain. It was very important because when I spent 10 hours at the computer and worked on large projects, simple tasks got complicated and I got less and less productive. As a rule a few-dozen minute run, badminton or tennis do the opposite. I returned to sport with a new impression, the one I couldn’t see before – says Marek Plawgo. Back then he tried to cross his line in training or competition and competed with the world’s best athletes. – I never treated the phrase „sport is health” seriously because sport made me undergo ten surgeries. Now I can see that a daily effort, an amateur workout, with reduced intensity, has a positive impact on your health and shape, including mental aspects. Nobody forces me, I do it because I want to – he stresses.
„Marek, why do you do this?”
The same thing was in professional career. Marek Plawgo took the position of a marketing director in Atlas Arena – sport became secondary, he primarily dealt with organization of events, mainly music events. – I avoided sport, the place where I grew up and spent 21 years. But there was a moment when I asked myself: Marek, why do you do this? The experience I gained on greatest stadiums and top events may be used in a totally different way. So I moved on to sport marketing, and managing Olympic campaign helped me return to sport and enjoy its beauty – says outstanding athlete and Rehasport Clinic patient. Doing sport for pleasure may also prove to surprise you. It will probably take six months to make the shoulder, operated by prof. Przemysław Lubiatowski, regain its original capability.