De Quervains tenosynovitis
De Quervains tenosynovitis hits 2 main groups in my clinical practice, grapplers and new moms. What could these groups have in common? Gripping!
Lifting a new baby over and over (as infants are want to demand lifting and attention for all manner of discomforts day or night) and gripping your opponent’s gi (or jacket) takes a similar toll on your hands.
To prevent such a problem, wrap a towel around a bar and do pullups holding the towel. Do kettlebell swings (outside on the grass) with a towel around the handle, squeeze a tennis ball (or grippers) and open your hand against broccoli elastics (to train the opposite movement).
Hand strength is an indicator for longevity and healthy and while training only grip is a cheat, weak hands lead to tendonitis and poor performance. Strengthen your hands and forearms before hand so you don’t have this problem.