Powell shuns groin surgery
Andre Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
Former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell has reiterated that he will not conduct corrective surgery on his problematic groin, despite a storied history of setbacks due to related injuries.
Powell, who was forced to pull out of the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Daegu, South Korea, because of a groin injury, also experienced difficulties at the JAAA/SVL National Senior Championships in late July, as well as in the 100m final at the just-concluded Olympic Games in London, England.
The sprinter was forced to leave the island for treatment to the area between rounds at the senior championships and later pulled up in London, finishing eight and casting doubts over whether or not he would be able to hold up physically to make another appearance on sport's biggest stage.
However, Powell, who turns 30 later this year, is not convinced that surgery will give him any guarantees and does not believe that he will be able to return to top form after going under the knife.
"To do a surgery on my groin, it's not something that guarantees that I will come back and run the way I am running now, or even come back at all, so I won't be doing any surgery," said Powell during a social media question-and-answer session with sponsor LIME on Thursday.
"It's not something I want to rush into because people are saying I should," Powell added. "I know what my body feels like and what it's doing or what it can do, so I am not going to rush and do it."
Powell, who has clocked the most sub-10 seconds over the 100m in history, suffered his first groin injury in 2005 during a 200m run at a meet in the Dominican Republic shortly before he first broke the 100m world record in Athens with a time of 9.77. He further lowered the mark in 2007 to 9.74 in Rieti, Italy.
The sprinter admitted that he has not done enough to correct the situation in training as far as specialised stretches and so on are concerned.
"It keeps coming back because I am such an explosive starter so it keeps affecting me. To be honest, I don't work as hard as I should with the exercises and stuff like that.
"I think I can do a lot more work on it than I was doing before, maybe what I was doing this year. I wasn't running the corner as much and the first time I hurt my groin I was running the 200m, and that's why I really don't like the 200m that much, because that's what is causing my groin to hurt so much," Powell added.
"I wouldn't wish a groin injury on anyone or on my worst enemy. I would take a hamstring injury every day over a groin injury because the groin injury really doesn't get better, it stays with you and you can work on it or strengthen it but it really doesn't get better," Powell pointed out.