Broken Metacarpal - left hand in cast -

Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by TheCoop, Feb 1, 2005.

  1. TheCoop

    TheCoop Guest

    My 10 year old son fractured his first metacarpal bone in his left hand (bone at the base of thumb) and has a hard cast on. He fractured it ski racing. (I wish he woud just paly tennis but he loves it!)

    He has a 2-handed backhand and can't grip his racket wih his cast.

    Suggestions....he will be casted for a month - doctor says no restrictions...should he practice just forehands to stay in shape (he plays in tournaments)..any other suggestions would be helpful

    Thanks from a tennis mom
  2. Marius_Hancu

    Marius_Hancu G.O.A.T.

    Oct 29, 2004
    Montreal, Canada
    if he doesn't wear a sling with his cast, he could try to play some forehands.

    otherwise, I would not advise it, as he could get out of balance and fall. the 2nd hand it's quite important in stabilizing the body. also, even for forehands, in order to have a correct shot, one uses the 2nd hand, thus he might get some bad habits.

    one month is not that much. keep him on the stationary bicicle a little bit.
  3. TheCoop

    TheCoop Guest

    Thank you Marius,
    He's not in a sling and his ortho dr. says he doesn't have any restrictions (in fact he is still skiing - they molded his cast around his ski pole!)

    His coach said ok to practicing forehands with a ball machine - but maybe it would be better to just take the month off and use a treadmill - I thought it might alter the mechanics of his swing to practice with just one hand too....

    Have a great weekend and thanks again!
  4. netman

    netman Hall of Fame

    Feb 19, 2004
    Sounds like a great time to work on some lower body conditioning.

    When I was a teen I broke my right wrist (playing hand). Had them cast me so I could fit a racquet in the cast. Played left handed with two handed backhand and forehand. It was fun and gave me a new perspective on the game. Of course I didn't compete seriously. But it kept me on the court. Gave me a new perspective on dealing with lefties and I still handle them better today than before the injury. :)
  5. dennis1188

    dennis1188 Semi-Pro

    Feb 19, 2004
    If his doctor recommends a good hand rehab clinic, check if they have a BTM.
    (Baltimore Therapy Machine). I used one in rehab from hand fracture and it help
    develop hand strength and flexibiltiy (2 1/2 months, 2 sessions per week).
    Make sure to check yr insurance, rehab clinics in the USA r very expensive.

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