IF ... A tendon parody.
Article Type: Poem
Author: Patricios, Jon
Pub Date: 03/01/2011
Publication: Name: South African Journal of Sports Medicine Publisher: South African Medical Association Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 South African Medical Association ISSN: 1015-5163
Issue: Date: March, 2011 Source Volume: 23 Source Issue: 1
Accession Number: 257675251
Full Text:
IF ... A tendon parody

(with apologies to Rudyard Kipling, Jill Cook & Hakan Alfredson)

   If you can get your head around a tendon
   That wears and tears and hurts when it's a bendin'
   If you can trust yourself to make Achilles new
   But make allowance for frustration too;
   If you can wait but not be idle waiting,
   But teach and guide and empathise,
   Don't mind being hated, or cry anticipating,
   At times not look too good nor seem too wise:

   If you can dream of healing that is faster,
   But know that symptoms too will wax and wane;
   Accept the days of Triumph and Disaster
   And understand each course may just not be the same;
   If you can bear to hear the moans being spoken
   By athletes often keen to break the rules,
   And picture collagen that has been broken
   But slowly mends again with all your tools:

   If you don't hinge your hopes on single fixes
   Nor risk it all on just one consultation
   (They'll leave and seek some other weird elixirs
   And worse--not pay you any consolation!)
   If you can diagnose then educate
   That injuries evolve over a time,
   You'll start a path to which you both relate
   Of organising collagen in line.

   If you can learn from Cook the art of loading
   And hear from Alfredson how to inject,
   Incorporate some shock waves 'spite the loathing,
   The 'opathy may still be conquered yet!
   If you can front this unforgiving tissue
   With load that challenges but is still fun,
   They'll rehab well and not make cost an issue
   And--which is more--your athlete will then run!
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