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Sore Index Finger

Postby phlow » Fri Nov 20, 2020 1:45 am

Random question.

I have noticed that after a wing session, my left index finger is sore. Closest analogy is how your finger feels after getting "jammed" while catching a football. Not super painful but kind of stiff and sore, especially when trying to bend it down all the way to touch the base of my thumb. My right index is fine, and I'm going both ways equally frequently.

I've been trying to diagnose what could be causing it, I thought maybe it's my hand spread while getting up, but it never feels like I am straining it or anything when doing that. Somehow I think it's related to movements while I'm bringing the wing to air while getting up with one hand on the front loop, but even while thinking about it while riding I cant isolate any action that would trigger it.

I'm basically asking, "Has anyone else experienced this and if so did you modify any aspect of your movements to alleviate?"

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Re: Sore Index Finger

Postby Peter_Frank » Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:40 am

I think this is relatively normal for many to experience in one way or another....

Having windsurfed since 1978 we see the same on occasion.

I dont think it is a strain or movement, but simply because you hold the same grip for quite some time, quite static.

Doesnt matter if a boom or handles.

"Pinched", so it gets slightly sore over long time, and maybe also locally lower blood circulation.

In windsurfing even when using a harness, there is quite some grip load on both hands, and often you ride without the harness for longer times (say riding waves).
In kitesurfing you have ALL the load removed from your hands, and can hold freely with no tight grip - so no static blood pinching at all. Only unhooked, but even those dont ride like that for longer times.

What to do?

Two often used tricks:

Try holding a bit different, further out on your fingers, or tighter or looser, and change while riding.

But also, change grip from overhand to underhand quite often while you ride - this can often solve such issues by magic :thumb:

And why does it, in your scenario, only hit one finger?
Also pretty normal, we are all having different "weak and strong" local points in our body, besides the fact we tend to stand and hold a tad different whether left or right foot is forward.

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