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Old 12-08-2010, 04:42 PM   #1
Tyler Duniho
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How to avoid a wrist injury

So on a workout about three weeks ago, I partially tore a ligament in my wrist doing hang power cleans. This came as a great surprise to me as I consider myself to be flairly flexible; I have martial arts background, and have done yoga in the P90x program recently. Not only that, i thought i warmed up sufficiently Although flexible, I must admit that my forearms and wrists are really weak.

So as I sit here bandaged, i wonder what I could have done extra and can do different in the future to avoid this injury again. A wrist injury can keep you from doing ca. 60% of the crossfit moves and this is driving me insane! So what advice do you have for increasing wrist flexibility and strength, as well as a better warm up.
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Old 12-08-2010, 05:07 PM   #2
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Re: How to avoid a wrist injury

Hurting your wrist during a clean is most likely an indication of poor form, not bad flexibility. You should be receiving the bar on your shoulders, with your fingertips only there to guide the bar, not support any of the load.

Check out any kind of gymnastics wrist mobility work for warmups...i.e. putting your palms down flat and turning your fingers through a 180* range of motion as you lean against your wrists. But that's just a warmup, it won't prevent injury caused by bad form.
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Old 12-09-2010, 05:55 PM   #3
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Re: How to avoid a wrist injury

Wrist mobility stuff is good.

Like Eric said usually a problem of poor technique.

I would go lighter and work on consistency once you start to work back into it
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