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Stu Myers
11-08-2013, 10:38 AM
My 16 year old son has recently developed some pain in his right hand. It only occurrs when he's snatching. He has absolutely no pain doing normal daily activities. The pain is on the inside portion of the thumb, under the meaty part of the thumb/palm, near the thumb joint. It's where the bar rest in the palm of his hand. He can do snatch pulls, clean pulls, clean & jerk etc. etc, without any problem what so ever. Any idea what my be causing this and a possible solution.

Greg Everett
11-08-2013, 11:07 AM
I have seen this kind of pain come and go a lot among lifters with no real diagnosis and no treatment. I think any hand and wrist mobility work will help, but also take a closer look at his snatch grip and his hand position in the snatch since that's the lift that causing him pain. If he's holding his hook grip overhead, make sure he's flexible enough to do this and that he's achieving a good hand/wrist position rather than, for example, trying to hold a neutral wrist and/or gripping the bar too tightly.

Also to consider:
Did he recently change his grip? Did he recently significantly increase his snatch training volume? Did he recently make a big PR and then increase his training weights significantly and suddenly?

Stu Myers
11-11-2013, 07:37 AM
Thanks Greg. He hasn't changed his grip recently. He did a PR of 80 kilos about three weeks ago and was increasing his training weight, but he was having some pain before that time, just not like it is now. I don't think it's a flexability issue, but I noticed yesterday that he's trying to hold a neutral grip with the right hand in anticipation of it hurting. He said he can't manipulate the hand/wrist in a way to replicate the position that his hand is in when it hurts during the snatch. We're using ice and heat after workouts and Mom is a massage therapist, so he's getting a hand massage as well. He's going to the American Open in about 4 weeks, so were trying to get him in the best condition (hand wise) as we can before the meet. I just know her very frustrated. We'll keep working at it. Any further suggestions are appreciated. Thanks again.