The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games were the “best ever”.

6500 athletes and officials from 71 countries competed in 17 sports over 11 days.

For all the ecstasies we witnessed at the Commonwealth Games there were many agonies.

For an athlete there is always a fine line between optimum performance and injury. Below are a few well known faces that didn’t make the grade.

1. Katarina Johnson Thompson – heptathlete (GB)

katarina-johnson-thompsonLiverpool born Katarina is one of the rising stars of British heptathlon. Following in the footsteps of Jessica Ennis-Hill, the 21 year old competed in the 2012 London Olympics finishing 15th. This year she set a new British high jump record of 1.96m at the British Indoor Athletic Championships in February. This was followed by a personal best in the long jump of 6.92m at a Diamond League meeting in Glasgow in early July, taking her to number 2 in the British all-time list for the event.

Disaster struck just before the Commonwealth Games when Katarina suffered a stress reaction in her foot. This is a precursor to a stress fracture, where the bone structure is breaking down but there is no actual fracture.

Having started the year so promisingly, Katarina went on to miss the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the European Championships in Zurich.

2. Sam Oldman – gymnast (GB)


21 year old Sam Oldman, one of the new wave of British gymnasts was carried from the vault on the second day of the team competition after landing awkwardly. He left the arena for a scan which revealed he had dislocated his ankle and torn the supporting ligaments.

Sam has recently undergone surgery to repair his ankle and remove some bone fragments. He will miss the world championships in China this autumn.

The English team went onto win gold in the team event at the Commonwealth Games.

3. Helen Jenkins – triathlete (GB)


30 year old Helen Jenkins is a double world triathlon champion and was a gold medal favourite for the Commonwealth Games.

She missed all of the 2013 season with knee and back problems.

A few weeks before the Commonwealth Games Helen felt some tightness in her calves and plantar fascia (foot) in training. She was then forced to pull out of the World Series Sprint Triathlon in Hamburg nine days before the Commonwealth Games.

A scan revealed a tear in her plantar fascia and she will now miss the rest of the season.

Plantar fasciitis is a pain in the sole of your foot, characterised by scarring and inflammation of the thick connective tissue (aponeurosis) that supports the arch of your foot.

4. Becky James – track cyclist (GB)

becky-jamesIn 2013 Becky James was flying.

The 22 year old from Abergavenny, Wales won two gold medals in the sprint and the keirin at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Belarus, the first British cyclist to do so.

In May 2014 Becky received abnormal results from a routine smear test. Minor surgery enforced a two week absence from training. The extra effort required to get back up to speed aggravated a knee injury.

Becky missed the Commonwealth Games.

None of these injuries are the preserve of international athletes. In fact most of these injuries can occur doing everyday tasks.

The osteopaths at froc see and treat people with similar injuries on a regular basis. If you would like to discuss your injury, please give us a call on 01342 823722 or email admin@