Missy Franklin Explains Her Shoulder Problems: GMM presented by SwimOutlet.com

Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.comFive-time Olympic gold medalist, Missy Franklin, was featured in People Magazine where she was quoted:

“…my shoulders are in so much pain that I can maybe hop in the pool and swim easy for 20, 30 minutes, but that’s about as much as my old broken shoulders can handle at this point.”

SwimSwam picked up the story and ran a report. The deluge of traffic made me worry the site might crash. It didn’t, but I couldn’t figure out what the fuss was all about. Missy’s shoulder problems was old news, and, frankly, not a big surprise.  Elites with long careers often experience some level of shoulder issue they have to manage in retirement. Anyway, Missy was scheduled to come on the podcast for another topic, and I asked her to put the whole situation in her own words–which she did.

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PhillyMark
20 days ago

The question that still hasn’t been answered though…Is she really always that happy?!

Gold Medal Mel Stewart
Reply to  PhillyMark
20 days ago

Yes, she did. I asked her about it.

PhillyMark
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
20 days ago

I should’ve inserted a JK at the end….that’s on me. I, for one, appreciate her bubbly spirit.

Suzyo
Reply to  PhillyMark
19 days ago

I love the shout out to her parents for doing a great job…they are both Canadian – known for being friendly and happy

The unoriginal Tim
20 days ago

I think the reason that “cant really swim anymore because of bad shoulders” is such big news is because she was a great swimmet and we all want to beleive that doesn’t go away. Same with Thorpe who apparently can’t swim crawl anymore due to the severe sholder surgery complications he had. It says something about the human condition.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  The unoriginal Tim
20 days ago

Both of them could just kick and probably still set masters records.

meeeee
Reply to  The unoriginal Tim
20 days ago

to me its more her young age that is likely shocking everyone. There are many athletes who have done the work and put strain on their shoulders that are able to keep swimming at a high level, and if not competing at least training consistently for 1-2 hour sessions. While agree many have shoulder issues to manage, this seems and extreme situation.

torchbearer
Reply to  The unoriginal Tim
19 days ago

I think Thorpe said he got a nasty infection and ended up with the a shoulder replacement…how sad to think that perfect stroke is gone forever…

Corn Pop
Reply to  torchbearer
19 days ago

Those were scarey times . There were reports he may have had significant arm involvement . Traumatic but lucky the infection travelled that direction than to the brain .

Hswimmer
20 days ago

Take care of your body properly and it won’t happen. I’ve been swimming for years and never have had a shoulder problem.

eagleswim
Reply to  Hswimmer
20 days ago

this is like the 85 year old smoker who says “smoking doesn’t give you cancer, look at me!”

everyone’s body is different.

Lbswim
Reply to  Hswimmer
20 days ago

Sounds like you haven’t been working hard enough…

Hswimmer
Reply to  Lbswim
20 days ago

Went best times every year throughout college swimming!

Swimmer
Reply to  Hswimmer
20 days ago

We look forward to your multiple Olympic and World golds. Then we can do a fair comparison.

sscommentor
Reply to  Hswimmer
20 days ago

hardooooo

Togger
Reply to  Hswimmer
20 days ago

We’re you swimming at a world class level, and training accordingly, from 15 onwards? If not, I don’t think this is really comparable.

Hswimmer
Reply to  Togger
20 days ago

Collegiate level so, close. They have high class trainers at cal right?

Jimbo
Reply to  Hswimmer
20 days ago

20 bucks this guy was either a walk on at a small d3 college. Or on a college club team where they coach themselves

Hswimmer
Reply to  Jimbo
20 days ago

Division 2 and not a club team!:)

Dudeman
Reply to  Hswimmer
20 days ago

So not even close in reality

He Said What?
Reply to  Dudeman
19 days ago

The smugness is what is bothersome. You can hear the gleeful laugh with every single reply back.

Togger
Reply to  Hswimmer
20 days ago

I see below you were at Div 2 and above that you set PBs each year. Two things:

1) I think we can safely assume that for you bettering your high school PB wouldn’t require you to re-set a World Record.

2) Div 2, whilst a high standard and hard work, is not comparable to a mid-tier power 5 team. It’s not remotely comparable to an elite program like Cal and it’s a different planet to targeting the Olympics within an elite program like Cal.

https://swimswam.com/a-man-among-gods-d3-swimmer-training-with-a-d1-team/

DravenOP
Reply to  Hswimmer
20 days ago

Took care of my body, did everything right, swam at a very high level and still ended up with lifelong shoulder problems (distance swimmer). Your experience does not reflect others.

HeadTimer
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
19 days ago

Well, your signature event was the 2 Fly, right? That has got to be hell on your shoulders…. Glad you are taking care of them.

Xman
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
19 days ago

Mel do you have trouble with lifting things over your shoulders, or doing things that involve reaching?

I don’t really have shoulder problems but if I have to lift something more then 15 pounds over my head my left shoulder wont hold it for too long. Also when I do household tasks like cleaning the ceiling fans, changing filters around the house, and putting up Christmas lights, the next morning I wake up and feel like I swam a straight 5K.

There was an article where Phelps said that was one of his reasons for not wanting to swim past Rio.

John M Walgast
Reply to  Hswimmer
19 days ago

Consider yourself lucky

John
Reply to  Hswimmer
19 days ago

Back to the bathtub grandpa

Jason Zajonc
Reply to  Hswimmer
18 days ago

I love this one! Swim at the National or even college level and still say the same thing? When you swim 10,000 in a practice over and over please let me know and others how nothing happens. Unless you are 1 in a million you will get some shoulder issues along the way…or elbow issues. It can be the price you pay for swimming miles and miles…Tom Jager was a sprinter and he has them….

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Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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