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12/22/2012 9:32:01 PM -
Work Arounds

Every strength athlete should have a doc they trust 1000%. I am fortunate that I do and my ART doc has never steered me wrong.

The latest word from him regarding this distal bicep tendonitis issue is to take a month off lifting. He NEVER tells me to stop lifting for anything longer than a day or two. He always pulls a magic rabbit out of his hat. No magic rabbit this time, just time. I will comply, there really is no other option right now since I cannot hold much in my left hand.

If things don't improve within a month it will be time to start investigating other options. I am a medical minimalist and prefer to investigate all other options and possibilities before resorting to X rays, MRIs and such. Or denial is a great place to be for as long as possible.

I would like to continue with my plans to throw on New Years Day at the Frozen Stones. Since my left arm is my throwing arm I will evaluate that possibility next week.

Many athletes suffer injuries that force them to adapt and change their typical lifting during the healing process. There are many exercises and things that can be done during any healing time of an injury rather than taking time off.

Here's a brief list of things right off the top of my head. These things will have carry over into your progress once you are able to begin lifting again.

1. Grip

grippers, one hand pinch, pinch blocks, one hand DL, suitcase style DL. Really there are endless possibilities for grip training when you are injured whether it's an arm, knee, whatever.

2. SSB Squats

3. Sled Pulls/Drags

a pulling strap on these allows for an easier grip with one hand or use a harness.

4. Use the time to improve mobility/activation issues.

5. Get your head right. Focus on the psychology of winning or mental barriers that are slowing down or limiting your progress.

There's Always Something You Can Be Doing,
Amy Wattles

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