Karin Prinsloo Back in the Gym After Back Injury and Surgery


Sometimes a step backwards can be beneficial in moving moving forward again… well, this is hopefully applicable to 2012 London Olympics swimmer, Karin Prinsloo.

That’s why Pretoria based Prinsloo is not too worried about missing the World Swimming Championships in Russia later this year.

‘It would have been nice to compete at World Championships, but because of a back injury and having my tonsils removed as well I missed out on many hours of quality training. I considered competing at the Mare Nostrum Series in Monaco in an effort to qualify for Worlds, but then decided against it,’ Prinsloo said.

‘If I had qualified, my training program would have been disrupted. I would have had to do a build-up for Monaco and then I would have had to taper down before the World Championships. Now I can focus only on getting racing fit for the next season.

‘I have started to do some gym training this week to strengthen my body. It is the first time in 18 months that I am back in the gym. I would not have been able to do so if I were going to compete at the World Championships.’

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