A week in the life of a GB Judoka.....Jodie Caller
When sitting down to watch the Olympics, I think most of us have often thought how amazing the athletes are, and wonder what goes in to getting them ready for competitions.
Do they have another job?
Do they get paid?
Do they have support?
Move4 Physio Northampton have been working with GB Judo athlete Jodie Caller now for several months, helping her to shrug off the bumps and bruises that come along with training and competition. We thought it would be great to hear from Jodie, and find out more about her, where she came from and why she got into Judo, then follow this up with ‘a week in the life’ diary, just to get a bit more insight into how she manages her Judo alongside her university studies at Wolverhampton University.
Lets’s hear from Jodie…..
’’I started judo when I was 8 years old. My brother did it, and I always went along to watch and was itching to get on the mat but I was too young.
When I turned 8 I got on the mat and absolutely loved it so I carried it on.
To be a judo player it is key to be adaptable.
No session or contest is the same.
All opponents are different so you have to be able to adjust your training and competition style to meet this. You have be strong, flexible, and powerful and have great fitness to allow you to throw your partner and escape from throws and holds.
Judo contest are 4 minutes long with an unlimited golden score if there is no score at the end of normal time. Golden score will finish when one person gets a score. In a competition to get a medal you normally have about 6 contests, so fitness is really important.
Competing at the top level has many pros and cons. This level of competition can give you great sense of achievement and excitement. It also makes all the hard training worthwhile, especially if you medal!
However, it can be stressful and disheartening if you lose! Also, there is an increased risk of injury when you are training and competing at this level.
For example, while competing at the European university games I tore my ACL, which resulted in 2 years of rehabilitation.
It was all worth it when I got back on the mat and competed in my first competition back and got a gold medal!
My judo goals for the future are to compete at various senior international competitions and to medal at these.
My main goal for 2019 is to get selected and compete at the commonwealth championships in Birmingham in September.’’
This is what a normal week would look like when I’m in full training…..
Morning- time at home to get university work done
Afternoon- work at an after school club for experience working with children (career goal is a primary school teacher so this will really help) and also to help pay for competitions and training
9:30-11:00 – judo technical or circuits at British judo centre of excellence in Walsall
15:00-16:00 - strength and conditioning session in Walsall
8:30-9:30- judo training at my club in Milton Keynes
9:30-12:00 – judo randori (sparring) and technical in Walsall
12:00-19:30- recovery time and time to catch up on university work
19:30-21:30- judo randori in Walsall
9:30- 12:00- judo technical in Walsall or a technical session at a BJJ club (this is a great transferable sport to judo)
15:00-16:00- strength and conditioning session at Walsall
19:30-21:00- judo training at my club in Milton Keynes
10:00-14:00- university or travel day to international competitions
9:30-13:00 – helping coach at a local judo club or competing at competition or training camps
Recovery day or travel home day from competition or training camps
My Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings normally begin about 6:30 when I get up. I then leave home about 7:30 to avoid the traffic to get up to Walsall for my day to begin.
After my morning sessions I will either go straight to lecture and eat whilst I am there (on a Tuesday) or on Wednesday and Thursday I will go to the canteen for lunch and then have an hour or so to chill out before the next session. I then have an hour drive home after my final session of the day at Walsall.
On a Tuesday and Thursday, I get home for dinner and then head back out for judo training at my club.
It doesn’t sound like Jodie gets much rest, and it’s a credit to her how she manages such a rigorous training regime alongside her university studies.
We’re proud to be able to assist Jodie on her journey through her blossoming Judo career.
We look forward to keeping you update about Jodie and her achievements in the coming months!
The Move4 Team