Want the definitive word on Jim Armstrong's injury status? The message is the same as already described on the blog, but here it is, as requested, from Jim himself.
Thanks for inquiring about my health again. As we had discussed a few weeks ago, I certainly did aggravate my surgerized left shoulder. Ironically, I strained it lifting a box, because the shoulder was actually feeling good enough, I actually forgot to be as careful as I should. I had it medically assessed, and, given the time frame, further surgical repair, even if needed, would be impractical, and would certainly have taken me out of the Paralympics.
Fortunately, our Program now has on staff a tremendous physiotherapist, Paige Larson. Paige has huge professional experience providing treatment for Team Canada at a number of Olympic and Paralympic Games. I have been getting treatment regularly, every two or three days, and I am certainly improving week to week.
As you have indicated, I am struggling with everyday mobility, but it is now more of an inconvenience than a threat to my ability to play. I know it still looks worse than it is, since my neck tends to accommodate for the shoulder tenderness, and I am now dealing with neck stiffness.
The entire team and staff are ready to rock, and it would take a gun to keep me out of the line-up now!
All the best, and keep up the good work, Eric.
When I mentioned Jim's health to national team coach Joe Rae earlier today, he said; "I'll shoot him if I catch him lifting heavy boxes again before the Paralympics."
Had the team prepared for the possibility of Jim's absence? "We have prepared for all eventualities, for the absence of any of our players. And no, I'm not going to say what those plans are."
If I were Joe, neither would I.