Smith, Steve (Part 3 of 3). An Oral History of British Athletics
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Smith, Stephen, 1973- (speaker, male)
Cutler, Rachel (speaker, female)
Part 3: Injury - athletics about pushing limits of body - especially in High Jump- joints suffer. Pick up lots of injuries - everyone accepts it - always jumping in pain. Big injuries - have injections for these. Cortisone injections - believes bad idea - should deal with the cause - injections allow one to compete. Major injury kept SS out for six months - happy to have time away from athletics. 1994 European championships - only two months training but got silver medal. Big events and injury - everyone gets an injury eg 1993 world championships - back problem affected his chances - got bronze -same in every year and all competitions since. Very disheartening and never won a major championship. Preventative methods. Fear of injury. Coach and manager - Explains jobs of coach and manager and relationship between coach and manager.
Interview with high jumper Steve Smith