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By Steve Sharpton, Parsons Training Center, Tucson, Arizona
September 30, 2018
Sadly, I am not a big fan of bowling. If anything, it is one of the worst things to do on the planet.
It’s not that I hate the sport of bowling per se, for over the years I actually have found quite a bit of love for it. Bowling documentaries are pretty funny to say the least, especially since they are so high on the hyperbole and low on the actual subject matter. One of my favorite movies of all time happens to be the bowling moving “The Big Lebowski,” which is one of the most quotable movies of all time. Even “Kingpin” seems to have its moments despite being a bizarre foray into some alternate universe. Now of course my Facebook buddies Rachel and Dave are not gonna like this first paragraph, but it is not because I hate the only sport where drinking beer and eating pizza does not deter your capabilities. Its because of the next day after bowling where I pay the price.
I figured it started developing in my early 20s, but I have some wicked tendinitis in my forearms. Every time I went bowling, regardless of the fact I sucked harder than the Cleveland Browns in 2017, I had this tightness in my arms that made it rather unpleasant to work the next day. Fortunately I rarely went to work the next day after such gatherings, but it was kind of an issue so to speak. For me, dealing with tendinitis is something that happens quite a bit in my family, so it is something of a hereditary problem. Over the past few years, the situation seems to crop up quite a bit, especially when I would do conventional curls or do pull type exercises (like my favorite, the barbell row). I avoid curls like the plague and often times have issues with my deadlifts when I start getting into higher weights. While there are accessories that can help me with the deadlift, I don’t think I will ever partake in those. Now how does tendinitis really happen? And how can you overcome the problem?
Tendons are basically the tough fibrous material that connects your bones to your muscle. Typically this tissue is pretty durable, but heres the catch….overuse can cause various types of tendinitis. Now for me, there is a probability that I have Supraspinatus tendinitis, which is a type of tendinitis that affects the shoulder. Initially I probably pull a muscle in my arm and thus did everything I could to let the arm heal so I could some regular weightlifting. Over the last couple months I have reincorporated some old movements and while I struggle at the beginning—such is the case with my bench press—I ultimately get better as the shoulder warms up. Now I don’t think I will ever get to the highest level I could possibly desire due to this condition, I have to be mindful that I kinda need my body for the rest of my life. Now of course, I believe I have this condition due to the fact the next day it is tough to do anything and my shoulder needs constant movement. I bet I also have De Quervain's stenosing tenosynovitis, which is a condition that especially affects the thumb. There are just many days where I can barely hold a bar. The bigger issue is trying not to overwork my wrists, which is where the real problem with my tendinitis comes into play (I could say my achilles tendinitis is bad but that is for another day). One of he issues you will run into with tendinitis is the fact there is no cure all treatment to the condition. The only thing you can really do is try to maintain a good rest interval, and that can be a challenge if you are really into lifting weights on a regular basis. And if one day you find yourself getting rally sore from the curls you think will benefit your arm, then you are possibly on the road to tendinitis. The best thing you can do to combat is the problems is rest, ice and heat. Sometimes wrapping up the aggravated area or doing some other treatments like massage and acupuncture can also help in the process. The main reasoning for being as natural as possible is once you start using the OTC drugs or event prescription meds, this might lead to other problems. Rheumatoid arthritis is the biggest fear, but apparently this can lead to obesity and even diabetes. Who knew?
So here is a big question? How do you really work out and maintain a good health regiment when you have some of these budding problems? Now for most people like me, the main problem resides in the area of usage fatigue, and the tendinitis merely makes me sore or tires out my arms during the workout. The best way to combat this problem may be to focus on leg exercises and ease up on the exercises that need a lot of the affected areas to work. For example, if your achilles is tight, don’t go trying to break your max back squat. It might be better to take on some light body squats instead. The obvious key is to have a full rest day in between your workouts, which is a good idea for me since I have this apparent issue in my life. Warming up properly is also key. So what if you have actually been diagnosed with tendinitis rather than assumed (like yours truly). Well, here is some good tips. https://www.livestrong.com/article/102746-work-out-tendinitis/ The best one I saw is obviously not to go too hard when you are trying to work around the problem. The other good suggestion is applying heat to your affected area before you actually do the workout. Getting those muscles warmed and relaxed is key, so if you work in an open air gym like at Parsons Training Northwest, then it might be necessary to wear some warmer clothes during the wintertime and keep the cooler on low during the summer. Keeping the muscles and the tendons warm is key, so don’t overdue and warm up properly. Also, the obvious thing is if your body is still not 100%, do basic bodyweight stuff to keep the threat of injury low.
When it comes to usage injuries like tendinitis, just remember everyday things can also cause these issues. Work is killing my right arm so it is no surprise that my arm is suffering. I also used to be an electrician so on some days, turning a screwdriver was cause for some pain. Always be weary of what you are doing on a regular basis, for working out may not even be the main source of your problems. And if it gets to the point where it gets really aggravating, please consult your physician. Either way, happy lifting and be sure to get those reps!
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