Sprained wrist, out for 2 weeks+ going nuts.

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  1. J011yroger

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    Any ideas of stuff to do with my sudden free time? I am going to coach a good amount, watch video, and get all of my equipment tuned up. Maybe do some speedwork/agility work.

    But loosing 2 weeks+ right when tournament season is getting into full swing is a killer for me. It has been 4 days and I am already going nuts, had to withdraw from a tournament already, and will probably miss my next one this weekend.

    Getting cabin fever and looking for ideas.

    I guess its better to not be on court and wishing you were rather than being on court and wishing you werent.

    J
     
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    Wrist Injury Options

    I’d advise doing what I myself would hate to have to do. Put a substantial brace on the injured wrist so you’re not tempted (or able) to use it, then go out and play with some “lesser” players using your non-dominant hand . . . one-handed on both sides.

    It will force you to concentrate on your footwork, balance and racquet preparation in a completely unique way and it may help to even out the “one-sided” body awareness and strength that most tennis players develop. It will also help your coaching skills, since you’ll have to teach yourself using the exact same methods and solutions you would when teaching a beginner.

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    It stinks that it happened during tournament season. But other than that it's not really so bad to take a break from tennis.

    Concentrate on your fitness and footwork. Go for some distance runs, sprints, bike rides, hikes, etc.

    Plus take a chance to relax a little. Judging from all the tennis you play your body probably can use it.
     
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  4. Bodacious DVT

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    hey thats cool try this:

    sprained ankle, out for 6 months.

    yea thats reeeaally fun. i sprained it last july, then went on a trip (it got worse). came back and iced and wraped it. went to the doctor, they said to ice it(gee thanks). 4 weeks later went to the doctor, they said to get an xray to check if it was broken. it wasnt. they said to get physical therapy. like 3 months of PT and im back in tennis, just in time for the season. i still roll it from time to time but its like indestructable now.

    I'd ice it for twenty minutes, wait twenty minutes, and repeat. keep it wrapped at all times. consider getting some PT (best thing for it). I got PT and they hooked me up with some elastic resistance exercises that worked great! hope you get better soon.
     
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  5. princess bossass

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    Get outside a lot--do some hiking (as a bonus, it strengthens your ankles so you have one less body part prone to injury). The sunshine and breeze keeps the blues away.

    Anyway, I'm sorry about your injury! :cry: A couple weeks ago I rolled my ankle over and thought my season was over, so I sympathize. Granted four days later it was practically good as new, but I still empathize with that helpless feeling. I hope you have a quick recovery and your PT makes your wrist stronger than ever.
     
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  6. OrangeOne

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    Do you tape / brace it? I'm sure your PT would have suggested it, but it's always worth thinking about. Tape can work in two ways - physical protection plus perception-based protection (the body is aware of the tape, and is thus slightly more aware of the risky area.

    (As others have said - you probably want to tape or brace the crap out of the wrist before doing anything active at all, and also get medical approval).

    A. If you're coaching, are we to assume you sprained your non-dominant wrist? Or are we to assume you sprained your dominant wrist and you're planning on feeding with the non-dominant?

    B. I'd definitely get stuck into the speed, endurance & agility work. Alternate each day, maybe a speed/agil day, a recovery day, a long-run day, a recovery day.

    C. Weights. I'd hit the weights-room with the non-injured arm, head to the dumbbell area and do whatever you can. If it's your dom side you're working, great, if it's your non-dom side, great too! Studies have shown a 5-15% 'improvement' in the side you do not work in such scenarios simply through neuro-training and the exercise generating higher-quality blood products in your system too, not to mention the strength and/or endurance gains.

    D. Spend (more) time on stretching. If you're seeing a PT / Physio, (and I hope you are), then get them to quickly check your leg flexibility & lower-body alignment. Odds are you're not perfect, and they could, in 5-10mins if not less, assign you some stretching and strengthening exercises to work on there too.

    E. Abdominal training - more here too. If you're hitting less, you'll get less of a core workout, so it's time to focus here too, 'most all ab-work doesn't involve the hands in a weight-bearing capacity.
     
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  7. J011yroger

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    Hurt my playing hand, if it was my left, I would be playing, and hitting slice backhands a plenty.

    I can feed OK lefty, and probably play 3.0-3.5 lefty (Cant serve tho).

    Thanks for all the suggestions guys. Keep em commin.

    J
     
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  8. dave333

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    I broke my wrist and I played 3 hours today though its my non-dominant hand thats broken.

    Felt great though, haven't played for 2 weeks. I'm getting a small cast in 3 days, then I wear that for a bit
     
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  9. zapvor

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    that sucks dude. now whos going to take on Roger?
     
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    Im still up for it, we will both play lefty and I will tie his shoes together.

    Should be close.

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  11. zapvor

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    hahahah. i would love to see that!
     
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    Although you provide some of the best info on TW, if you can't play tennis for 2 weeks I strongly advise you to stay off these boards! You'll go crazy.

    Go run on the beach if you can, it'll really knock you out. Plus, you can relax by the ocean when you're done.
     
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  13. OrangeOne

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    Ok - from thinking - proposed one-arm weights session:

    1. DB Bench Press
    2. DB Row (Lying down on bench, rowing up)
    3. DB Shoulder Press
    4. DB Upright Row
    5. Abs

    --> Nice, balanced, could add Tricep & Bicep - specific stuff at end if you were keen, but I don't think it's necessary given the compound exercises there. Given you're working your non-dom-side, this for a few weeks would probably nice from an injury prevention perspective. Note: this assumes you already regularly work with weights and are comfortable with good form.
     
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    One by one the penguins steal my sanity. . .

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    sucks to hear that man.

    rent TopSpin for XBOX? :D

    Kidding aside though, if I were out of commission, I'd be reading a lot and biking if it were possible.
     
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    j011yroger,
    two weeks out is not a lifetime, it will pass. do some physical training, sprints, etc. as others have suggested and for heavens sake don't overdo the first few days when back on court.
    i was out last year for a months due to some knee troubles. i was really HUNGRY and entered a tournament right after my knee felt o.k. i was really kicking butt, but then 8 hrs. in two days after a months layoff got to my bloody wrist - tendinitis. lost the semifinal because i couldn't topspin properly anymore. then i took some antiinflammatories and stayed at home 10 days. i felt o.k. and decided to start playing again, but it was too soon. after 15 minutes of serious hitting i walked off the court and now it was like three weeks i had to stay away. so you should better put in another one or two damn days than taking yourself out for five weeks like this bloody old idiot has managed to do.
    quick and good recovery.
     
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  17. J011yroger

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    Yea, my wrists are soft because of how I hit anyway, so I listen to them and keep them strong, just pissed because they were feeling very good, and I hurt it at work, not even on court. I won't do anything to jepordize long term.

    J
     
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    you are wise.
     
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    J, how often do you break strings, i see you have 15 frames, thats quite a few
     
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  20. J011yroger

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    With a good partner in a hitting session I can break ALU Rough in under 2 hours. I will probably go through about 250 stringjobs this year.

    J
     
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    ^^^ If my F'ing wrist ever gets better.

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  22. FiveO

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    Obviously good stuff.

    Also prepare mentally, take advantage of the unplanned lay-off. Take an inventory and a fresh look at your game while not dealing with the inherent and self-imposed pressures of competition, and ready yourself to approach your match-play more objectively and even more cleanly. Remain positive by adopting the attitude that you are going to be fresh, fit, focussed and eager when you come back.

    Stay positive and good luck with your re-hab and coming back from it.

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    I say go to some courts where you don't usually play and pretend like you are a noobish leftie. You'll make new friends and have some fun!:) I know what you are saying about the serve though. I too had righty injuries and tried to play lefty with lower level players. Rallies and social aspects are fun, but could not compete at all - no serve...
     
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    Thanks, good advise, I have been watching some video, and thinking some stuff over, as well as using the time to tune up some of my equipment.

    J
     
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    I can play probably strong 3.0 lefty except for the serve. I step up to the line and my brain says "what the heck are you doing?" Although last time I tried was a while ago, and I might be a bit better off from showing lefty service motions in lessons, somehow I doubt it tho.

    I would have to find some pretty remote courts to find people I don't know. I am pretty well known around here, if not personally, at least by sight.

    J
     
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  26. bebots

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    That sucks. How did you sprain it?

    I sprained my wrist yesterday a la Kim Clijsters, falling. And at around the same time of year too. Now I have to pull out of the US Open....yeah right!

    I sprained it running for a wide backhand. My left foot buckled when changing direction for the next shot, lost balance, was airborn and out of instinct used my hands to break my fall and I fell unevenly and my right (dominant) hand and wrist hyperextended and absorbed all my bodyweight when I hit the ground.

    I can't write anything and have to type with left hand. And I'm discovering all the things that are now a pain with the loss of dominant hand usage, task #407: brushing teeth. Task #10 was using a mouse.

    Wretched stupid instinct. I wish I did just fall on my a**, who cares about a bruise! So now I'm doing the RICE treatment that I read on the web. Rest, Ice (every 3 hours for 15 minutes), Compress, Elevate. I'm not a tournament player or anything but it sucks!
     
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  27. TennsDog

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    I had tennis elbow (still do) really bad a couple years ago over the summer. It started hurting too much to play at all, so I switched to playing lefty (non-dominant). I actually took to it racket quick, which was a fun surprise. Doing this helped me on a few levels. One was it forced me to break down my own game such that I could reproduce it backwards. It helped me focus on a lot of things you overlook when you play for a long time. It also helped me to strengthen my left arm, which was helpful since I was still playing with a 2-handed backhand at the time. If you get good enough, you may be able to incorporate the lefty forehand on the stretch into matches. At the very least, even if you're horrible, it's keeping you on the court and will probably give at least a little satisfaction.
     
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    Sprained it at work plugging a tire, was too lazy to take the tire off the car, so was trying to push the plug in with all my weight and the tire rolled and hyperexteded everything on the ulna side. I knew it was bad when I heard the crunch. It was so bad in the beginning that I had to reach over and start cars with my left hand. Couldn't even drink coffee with my rt. hand.

    Was about 2 months ago. At least I am playing again. I would say my FH is at 75-80%. I can't come over my FH return of serve, low mid court FHs are very difficult, and I can't crush the eye high ones. But it is getting stronger by the week.

    I will probably have to continue taping it until the indoor season when it can get sufficient time to heal completely. (Although it will probably never be 100% again without extensive surgery)

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    j011yroger,
    that sounds really bad - have you seen a really good physio? surgery should be the last resort.
    i've been out too for almost two months - woke up one morning with excruciating pains in the left shoulder (am a righthander!) and it's some sort of absolutely stubborn tenditis. absolutely weird - i seem to have slept in a crooked position with all my bodyweight on the shoulder. for two weeks i couldn't even walk properly. have been two weeks on vacation and it slowly started to get better (was at a wonderful seaside resort and didn't even go for a swim).
    i played this morning for 10 minutes and got troubles with my lower back. will go through another investigation this week for my back now. sort of reminds me of my time 21 yrs. ago when i quit - i played six weeks in a year. hope i won't be going through that sht again. what gets me absolutley mad is that i can't play with my son and prepare him for two tournaments to come.
     
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    Played last night hitting for 1 1/2 hours and a set without taping my wrist for the first time. Felt great that night, and feels good today.

    As the wrist is getting stronger the topspin is getting back to its former wicked self.

    My FH is still messed up mechanically because I came back to playing too soon, and favored it hitting the ball much closer to my body because it was less stressful/painful. But I know what is wrong, and I can fix it by hard work.

    Now that the outdoor season is winding down and I am not playing as much, I am confident that it will have the time to heal fully the rest of the way by the spring since I can play a day rest a day, play two days, rest a day.

    The plan is to play 2 tourneys in November, and U.S. Indoor Nationals in December to try to put a late season shot into my plummeted ranking, and then go roaring into 2008.

    Thanks for all of your support guys, just wanted to say thanks, and let you know I am starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel.

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    Hey, glad to hear you're feeling better!

    Assuming I stay healthy, I'll probably see you in NY! Still really want to play, courses don't seem like they will be too tough (trimester, so I'll have work vs. in between semesters)...

    Are you (or is anyone else) familiar with Jersey at all? I'm planning on commuting out of Holmdel N.J, which is a bit far... I'm quite used to waking up early and am under the assumption that leaving an hour or two of extra "traffic" buffer over the 1.25 hour traffic-free drive will let me get there on time, and perhaps get some work done early in the AM... Does this seem reasonable? Here's the google map of it: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=...56,-74.070511&spn=0.380824,0.808868&z=11&om=1
     
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    That is the way to go, and if you leave early in the morn or when there is no traffic mid day, it is a shot.

    I wouldn't be surprised if you made it in 45 mins.

    Having said that, if there is traffic, I wouldn't be surprised if it took you three hours :)

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  33. matell

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    wrapping wrist?

    J - In some other post, you mentioned wrapping/taping your wrist. Any chance you could post a pic of how you tape up your wrist (or send it to my email - matthew (dot) matell @ villanova (dot) edu )?

    thanks
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    I did not realize the post was months old.
     
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    Sure thing bro. When it was really bad, I put the Nike wrist straps over the tape.

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    Second picture reminds me of a pirate. Its sick. (In a good way of course)
     
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  37. TENNIS_IS_FUN

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    Lol...well definately don't play on it...i sprained BOTH my wrists and when the pain seemed to die down, i went out for a 'light' hitting session...ended up aggrovating both wrists again...:(
     
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    I sweated through 4 backwards hats that day, and was down to bandanas that I had stuffed in my bag. Spent 6-8 hours on court that day. In the other pics you can see the salt stains on my shirt.

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  39. hyogen

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    how did you do it? were you trying out the MG prestige Pro?

    that's what happened to me.

    I sorta got a sore wrist from hitting with a pure drive.. .then i injured it very badly by playing with the prestige pro. my wrist hasn';t been the same for 2.5 months now..........i'm resting it finally :x
     
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  40. quicken

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    Are you pro? I am being very serious here. I wish I could hit that long, but none of my friends want to and we dont have the time (high school seniorts.........yes I am young).
     
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  41. J011yroger

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    did it at work, mg prestiege wasnt out when this thread was made.

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    Nope, not a pro. Just a regular guy.

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