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Campbell out to end nagging injuries

AAP logoAAP 3/11/2016 Laine Clark

The last thing on Bronte Campbell's mind right now is defending two world swimming titles.

In fact Campbell says she is prepared to pass up a chance to represent her country in a bid to finally overcome nagging injuries that plagued her Rio Olympic campaign.

Campbell has returned to the competitive pool for the first time since Rio at this week's national short course titles in Brisbane.

But her priority is treating the neck and shoulder complaints that have troubled Campbell for the last eight months.

The dual Olympian said that stance would not change even if picked in Australia's world short course team after the national titles conclude on Saturday night.

"I would like to make the team but I have to work out this neck and shoulder," Campbell said.

"It's looking like even if I make the team I might end up pulling out just to get this sorted.

"Next week we will work out a plan."

Campbell said the injuries had forced her to take a long term view of her career.

It ensured she was not out for a "quick fix" despite the 2017 world titles long course selection trials looming in April in Brisbane.

She is the defending 50m and 100m freestyle world champion.

"I want to do four more years at least of this," Campbell said.

"It's not something that will be a quick fix.

"Because I want to go so much longer I have to think long term and figure out a plan."

Asked how long it may take, Campbell said: "It's a long process.

"It's still exploring what the problem is before we can find a solution.

"The big thing is we don't know."

Campbell hoped the problem would "fix itself" with post-Rio rest - and she got plenty of it.

She spent six weeks out of the water, including a two week Vietnam holiday by herself.

"If you want to go another four years mentally you have got to have a break," Campbell said.

"I had booked that holiday before I even went (to Rio).

"It was good not having to think about what food I was eating, whether walking around would hurt my hip or if kayaking would hurt my shoulder.

"Now I can come back refreshed."

Campbell had plenty of reflecting to do on holiday after a rollercoaster Rio.

She won relay gold but both her and world record-holding sister Cate missed the 100m freestyle podium in one of the Rio pool's great shocks

But Campbell insisted she now only experienced physical pain.

"When I was on holiday the injuries were less painful than at training but it was still there," Campbell said.

"When I got back (into the pool) it was pretty much back where we started a few months ago.

"There has to be a solution somewhere - that is my main priority."

Day two of the national short course titles will be held in Brisbane on Friday.

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