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Discussion: Elbows

in: Charlie; Charlie > 2019-03-27

Mar 27, 2019 5:38 PM # 
jjcote:
Is it possible/practical to use the Concept2 without your arms? I'm imagining doing the leg part and then straightening your back, while keeping your arms straight the whole time, and then moving forward on the recovery stroke sooner. If so, would it be easier on your elbows?
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Mar 28, 2019 12:58 AM # 
Charlie:
Beats me. I think the problem with my left elbow is in the triceps, and my left triceps is a traditional weak link for me. It is quite a bit more sore now than it was right when finished. The right elbow problem is in the forearm, on the medial or ulnar side. Some things get better quickly, but it have generally found it takes about a year to get over an episode of epicondylitis. Don’t have any idea why it is so intractable.
Mar 28, 2019 10:51 AM # 
kadley:
Pretty poor circulation in that area, makes it hard to heal. However, got similar symptoms from using crutches a few years ago after quad injury. Doc put me on 800 mg ibuprofen 3 times a day for a week and it was gone.
Mar 28, 2019 11:12 AM # 
Charlie:
OK. That's easy enough to try.
Mar 28, 2019 12:50 PM # 
chitownclark:
I'm sure that coach and I would hate to lose you as a rowing buddy. But maybe there's some sort of chronic condition? Rowing is a very stressful exercise. My 77-yr old friend permanently incapacitated his right arm last year by trying ice skating...and taking a bad fall. Wouldn't like to see that happen to you.

Used rowing machines are selling for good prices around here. Maybe you'd be better off with some other machine?
Mar 28, 2019 3:15 PM # 
Charlie:
I don’t have much tolerance for machines, and can’t see myself on a Nordic track. I don’t think the elbows represent a permanent problem, and the two are quite different. What seems to be chronic is L triceps weakness. It has usually manifested itself as a problem cycling. I’ll try some strengthening on it when it calms down a little.

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