View Full Version : Sore Arm
11-13-2002, 11:10 PM
After taking several slap shots when playing my arms cramp up and become sore soon after. My left wrist especially begins to hurt after handling the stick and puck for a while. I have no muscle problems and always stretch sufficiently before each practice and game. What could I be doing wrong and how can this be fixed? Any suggestions would be seriously appreciated as this problem is quite annoying.
11-14-2002, 12:58 AM
go thru your shooting form at home without a stick. if you can, do it in front of a mirror. if you are over rotating, you can hurt yourself. i had a friend mess up his back by doing so. also, what kind of job do you have if you have one? if you have something that requires a lot of lifting or computer work, you may need to condition your arms and wrists so they can be able to sustain the amount of stress you put on them. another thing you make notice is that you may snap your wrist a little bit hard. that is a problem i had when i first started playing. putting slash gaurds on not only protects your wrists but reduces the rotation on them. these are just some ideas thou. honestly, if it does hurt, i would say you should consult a doctor. remember to just be smart about it.
11-14-2002, 01:37 PM
I want to ask you, have you ever injured your wrist before, that could have something to do with it. Or it could be pre mature arthritis, I know a guy who is 18 and he thought his wrist was broke because of the pain he had when handling a stick or taking a shot so I would go to the doctor if I was you to get it check out. Or it could just be that you are taking too many shots and need to take a break. Hope this helps you and your wrist out :)
If you dont play a lot that is not abnormal, once a week is not a lot. If you did not grow up playing the sport - the specific muscles used will not necessarily be developed either - causing normal stiffness. Wrist cramping or pain - are you left handed or right handed? Normally if you are right handed you should shoot left and vica versa -however most people (kids) are not taught that way today. The reason being that you want your most coordinated hand at the top of the stick for onehanded control of the puck when necessary. So if you dont play much and are using your"weak" hand as your control hand - it would tend to get sore. If it is you lower hand and gets sore after shooting - check that you do not have an injury (non -union scaffoid or such) or also try a more flexible shaft on your stick.
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