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#131276 - 07/05/10 01:23 AM HELP wrist injury
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A week and a half ago I was out trying to figure out my new Mission ball. Since the ball hooks way more than my Black Widow Pearl I pull the ball further back and and release faster while snapping my wrist harder. I bowled 7 games and my wrist became sore. The next night I was at 9 pin and I bowled fine with no pain until I went up for a $1000 strike pot shot and my wrist popped and hurt like heck. Then Sunday I bowled with a swollen wrist and by the end of the third game I could not move my wrist. Monday it was so sore and swollen I could not feel my fingers I thought I had broken it. But now it is not swollen but I can not move it up or down and can not hold my 16 pound balls. I am wondering what I might have done to hurt it and how long I might be out. I do not have healh insuarance so going to a doctor is out of question. I bowl 2 finger and keep my wrist crooked until I release the ball then I snap it for high revs. I know it sounds really bad how I bowl but it works for me and my pro has/is helping become better.
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#131278 - 07/05/10 06:27 AM Re: HELP wrist injury [Re: 2finger]
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If you don't go to the doctors then you won't know how long you will be out or even if you can return to bowling again. You could have done serious damage that needs surgery to repair.

Wrist injuries happen in bowling and are a major concern with the thumbless technique. If you snap the wrist too hard with 16lbs of weight on it you are just asking for trouble. I suggest if your wrist does heal and you return to bowling to try a drop in weight, or learn another style whether is two handed thumbless or a conventional thumb in release.
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#131282 - 07/05/10 08:13 AM Re: HELP wrist injury [Re: Calvin Pistorio]
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About 6 months ago, I was practicing cupping, uncupping and recupping on my release, when I felt a pop in my wrist. I didn't go to a Doctor, but I bowl with one. He advised me to lay off for a few weeks and give the wrist some rest. I gave him a querried look, and he recognized that I bowl a lot. So, he said to drop in weight and use a wrist support.

I would much rather spend $200 on a 15# ball then on an X-Ray. So, that's what I did. In fact, I now have 4-15# balls. But, that did help.

It's been 6 months now, and the wrist feels OK, but staying with the 15# and wrist support.
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#131290 - 07/05/10 09:23 AM Re: HELP wrist injury [Re: Dennis Michael]
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Shelley Berman once went to the doctor, and lifted his arm.
Shelley said "Doc, when I lift my arm like this, it hurts!"
The doctor said "Well, then don't do it!"

My advice exactly.


I Googled Shelley. Jeez! He's still alive!!!
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#131291 - 07/05/10 10:13 AM Re: HELP wrist injury [Re: 2finger]
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If you heard a pop in your wrist you might of did something to the joint. I would at least lay off the bowling until your wrist heals. As mentioned, you may want to consider at a minimum changing your style and/or wearing a wrist brace. After an injury like that it wouldn't take much for it to flare-up again if you're not careful.

Personally, I'll sacrifice ball revs any day for a healthy wrist. Not being able to bowl anymore = 0 revs.
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