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News Report Page 11 of 35
Publication Date:- 2018-27-01
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'Bionic Man Michael' banks 3 golden medals!

SHOULDER FIX - Prof. Adnan Saithna's skills ensured Michael Aspinall scooped 3 gold medals in Lilleshall, Shropshire.

A Banks teacher has overcome a severe shoulder injury to scoop 3 gold medals; in 1 weekend, after having received specialist surgery from a professor, at Ormskirk Hospital. It was about 5 years ago; when Michael Aspinall turned 40; when he 1st started feeling the twinges in his right shoulder. The primary School deputy head and PE teacher at Queens Drive Primary School in Fulwood, in Preston; he puts his talents to good use teaching the next generation. His full potential was never reached, because as a teenager he participated in gymnastics to a high standard, but his academic studies to become a primary School teacher took priority. Over time his shoulder started to get worse until eventually his shoulder popped out of its socket during a training session. This started to occur more frequently and after the 5th time of it happening, he booked into Ormskirk Hospital to get it resolved once and for all.

Prof. Adnan Saithna, from Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, said:- "Michael had 2 tears of his labrum which is a cushion that goes all the way around the shoulder socket. This was causing him a lot of pain and he had to stop his sporting activities."

The operation was a success and Michael started is training once more and decided to enter a gymnastic competition at Lilleshall Sports Centre, in Shropshire. He entered the tumbling, trampoline and gymnastic events in the senior division. Not content with just getting back to fitness, Michael trained hard and was rewarded by winning all 3 competitions scoring the highest marks of the weekend on the floor apparatus in the men's gymnastics discipline.

Prof. Saithna added:- "Michael has done very well to return to win 3 gold medals, but it is not unusual for my patients to return to high levels of sporting activity after this type of surgery. I have several other patients that participate in high level sports; competitive swimming, rugby, football, weightlifting, rock climbing; with similar injuries who have returned to competition after surgery. This is a reflection of the high quality of surgical treatment and post operative rehabilitation that we are able to provide in the Trust."

Michael Aspinall, 45, from Banks, added:- "I owe a great amount to the consultants, doctors, physios that have helped me get back to fitness and compete once again. I had originally planned to take part in 2 of the 3 events at Lilleshall but thanks to Adnan the shoulder healed very well; so I went for the 3 and won gold's; I feel like the Bionic Man!"

GOING FOR GOLD - Michael Aspinall scooped 3 senior gold medals.

HIGH FLYER - Deputy Head teacher, Michael Aspinall.

ON THE BARS - A finely balanced Michael Aspinall.

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