Finger Pain

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smargo
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Finger Pain

Post by smargo » April 12th, 2020, 3:09 pm

I am experiencing pain in my right middle finger between my palm and the first joint. The pain started when I was rowing on the erg at the beginning of March and I finally got access to an erg yesterday and it flared up again after one workout. My finger has a dull ache now but hurts when I apply pressure. I have a feeling this can be due to a death grip that I sometimes revert to.
Has anyone had experience with this in the past and have tips I can use to prevent it? Should this be a cause of concern?

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Re: Finger Pain

Post by jamesg » April 13th, 2020, 4:35 am

08-1940, 183cm, 87kg. Last seen MHR 162, in 2k (2020-05-16) 8.47.5@24

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Gammmmo
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Re: Finger Pain

Post by Gammmmo » April 13th, 2020, 11:58 am

1. although when u push with the legs your arms should be straight to transfer the power - remember that it's your legs that should be doing most of the work in the stroke so don't tense the arms or hands more than u have to.

2. you could try those little pads that C2 used to sell (still sell?)

3. alternate your grip - I actually hold the handle in towards the centre much more sometimes

4. it could even be a case of 'too much too soon'...you'll know when things are adapting when you permanent callouses :lol:
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Re: Finger Pain

Post by Dangerscouse » April 13th, 2020, 2:35 pm

Try and only hook your fingers around the handle. I don't use my thumbs at all
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