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Old 11-08-2013, 11:38 AM   #1
Stu Myers
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Default Hand pain

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.
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Old 11-08-2013, 12:07 PM   #2
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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.

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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?
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Old 11-11-2013, 08:37 AM   #3
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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.
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Old 06-04-2014, 10:14 PM   #4
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I'm actually experiencing something very similar right now. Its in my left hand though. I've been trying to work around it and have discovered that not holding a tight hookgrip overhead and letting my thumb joint collapse outside of my hand cause a the pain. A doctor suggested I had strained a ligament in my hand. If I focus on keeping a tight hook grip the pain is minimal, but as weights get heavier it becomes harder to do that. Straps can help sometimes too.

I'd be interested in hearing if/how the hand issue resolved itself and what you did. I know this is an old thread but I'm new here.
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Old 08-26-2014, 01:39 PM   #5
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Sorry for the late response. I haven't been on here lately. We actually went to a hand specialist. No structual damage or ligament issues. He said it was probably a deep bruise or an irritated ligament. Doctor recommened no snatching for 6 weeks! He stopped snatching for about 5 weeks but did everything else he could that didn't bother his hand. Came back after 5 weeks and no pain in the hand but he developed wrist pain in the same hand!! Went to another hand specialist who again said nothing structurly wrong with the wrist and to keep working through it. He ended up narrowing his snatch grip ever so slightly. That seemed to helped the wrist issue. He says he still has some slight wrist pain every so often, but nothing that keeps him from lifting heavy. No hand pain since. He set two new PR's the other day. 91kg in the snatch and 115kg in the CJ. He lifts as a 69. He'll turn 17 later this year. I think the hand pain was just a fluke thing where, maybe he caught a snatch funny to hurt it and then he just kept lifting and irritated it to the point where he couldn't go heavy. Alls well that ends well I guess.
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