Mr Storl, you recently returned from the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow, where you won silver. First of all, congratulations on the medal. How was the competition?
“I’m very satisfied with my result of 21.54 meters. Second place was a tremendous success for me. It was my third best indoor competition so far.
You struggled for a long time with a patellar tendon injury.
That was in 2016 and 2017, the hardest years of my career. I finished sixth in the World Championships and eleventh in the Olympic Games, which was really unsatisfying for me. I decided to change my coach because training with him caused my knee problems. This was a tough decision because I had worked with him for a long time.
What was it like when you injured your knee?
It wasn’t the case that the knee injury occurred suddenly; it was a gradual process. It got a little worse every day. At first, I took painkillers, got injections in the knee, did and took anything that offered relief. This enabled me to compete at a decent level for another three or four years. But then I reached the point where I had to change my training and technique.
What did you do?
We changed a lot. I worked with a food and nutrition specialist who tailored my diet exactly to my training. Raimond Igel, our physiotherapist at the German Athletics Association, brought TENDOFORTE® into play. He was strongly convinced of the product and said it might be a solution for my knee problems and help me to compete successfully at the World Championships again.
Since when have you been taking TENDOFORTE® and what effects have you noticed?
I’ve been taking TENDOFORTE® since October 2017 and it has helped me a lot. I don’t have any pain in my knee anymore even after intensive training, which is the most important thing. The recovery phase is also significantly shorter, which means I can train more intensively. TENDOFORTE® not only relieved the pain, but also reduced the regeneration period.
The major success was then gaining second place at the athletics indoor world championships in March 2018 in Birmingham. I took part there as a healthy athlete. I had no pain at all, neither during nor after the competition. Afterwards I was also able to train intensively again without any complaints.
How did you take TENDOFORTE®?
Most of the time I mixed it with water and drank it in the car on my way to training. I had a huge number of sachets containing TENDOFORTE®. They were distributed in my car, at training and at home so that I could take TENDOFORTE® anywhere. I had no chance of forgetting to take it (laughs).
How could the intake of TENDOFORTE® be improved?
It would be fantastic and much simpler if TENDOFORTE® were contained in bars or fitness drinks, for example. As things stand, you have to mix it every time. Some athletes are too lazy to do so or forget to take it.
TENDOFORTE® has been tested in numerous studies. How important is scientific corroboration for you?
From the studies I know that TENDOFORTE® works. It’s fundamentally important for an athlete that a product has been tested and is safe to take, i.e. that it contains no prohibited substances. At the end of the day, I take the product to recover from injuries, not to cause an additional problem for my career.
Food first is the mantra of many athletes and their nutritionists. How do you feel about that?
Sometimes you have to take additional products like protein shakes to achieve better results. With shot put, discus throwing or similar sports, everyone talks about muscles and strength but forgets the tendons and ligaments. For me it is important to strengthen them, because it is their job to transfer the movement and strength of the muscles into the movement of shot-putting or discus throwing. I need healthy and strong tendons and ligaments for good results.
What are your goals for the future?
In 2019 I want to win a medal at the World Championships in Qatar. I would like to throw 22 meters, which is a high target in shot put. A major goal is a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Mr Storl, we thank you very much for the interview and wish you good luck and every success at the championships.
GELITA supports national and international professional and competitive athletes with bioactive collagen peptides, such as David Storl, who, with TENDOFORTE®, can once again train painlessly after a long patellar tendon injury, and who has regained his place among the world’s best. The company maintains direct contact with athletes, attending physicians, and physiotherapists.
Positive reports from professional athletes in a wide variety of categories such as shot put, javelin, swimming, tennis, and basketball confirm the successful results of the clinical trials. The successful Australian middle-distance runner Rorey Hunter, who suffered from a stress fracture on his foot, and took FORTIBONE® at the recommendation of his attending physician, can also confirm this: “The healing process of the stress fracture was highly satisfactory and I have resumed my training at a level of 100% in terms of scope and intensity. Since taking FORTIBONE®, I no longer have any bone-related complaints. I have also improved my personal best time for ten kilometers to under 30 minutes. I put this down to the fact that I can train more consistently, because a strong bone structure makes stable training possible. FORTIBONE® intake and tolerability are very good. I can recommend the use of FORTIBONE® to every athlete to avoid deficiencies in bone health and stability, and therefore to always be able to achieve optimum performance”.
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Rorey Hunter, middle-distance runner