Time to Heal
School's been out for the past two days, so I have been off the court. Needless to say, I am experiencing slight withdrawal symptoms from lack of endorphins generated by the cardio of basketball :-) But everything happens for a reason. During Tuesday's games, I jammed my left pinky. It did not seem serious then, but that evening and over the next day, the middle knuckle ballooned and I was almost unable to bend it. I have damaged seven out of ten digits. My most serious injury before that was chipping a bone in my left index finger. The injury kept me off the court for one week. During the time I could not play, I ran along side the basketball court keeping pace with the game underway to recreate cardio conditions. The injury also impacted my ability to lift because free weights caused additional trauma to the injury site. So I had to stay out of the weight room as well.
I have wrapped and taped the index finger to lessen the impact of the ball and prevent further damage. The index finger has almost full range of movement now, but the pinky is now wrapped in tape. I found the splint I got from the doctor for the index finger and put the pinky in it. I may try to play tomorrow (assuming we're in school) with the splint on the left hand wrapped in an ace bandage. I know I'll look like an idiot, but it will provide support for the finger while allowing me to get in the game.
hope to lift today, but to reduce the stress on my pinky, I'll visit a
local hotel that has a full universal weight circuit in its fitness
room. The cost is $2 per visit. Lifting weights on machines causes less
|Exercise #7: The
The squat adds size to your quadriceps
(thighs) and provides some strengthening for your hamstrings along the
back of the leg. Holding a moderately heavy weight on both sides, place
a bench or stability ball behind you. Lower your body until your bottom
touches the bench or ball, but don't rest on it. When you come in
contact with the ball, return to the starting position. Your thighs
should end up parallel to the floor before standing up into the start
position. Try a set of 10 to 12 repetitions. You can also
"pyramid" your weight up over successive sets to increase size
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