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So 6 days ago i was cleaning 185 lbs warming up nice and easy and didn't rack fast enough and the weight literally crunched down on my left wrist, severely hyper-extending it. I heard a loud crunch in my wrist as it was happening, it was extremely painful and i drove myself to the ER and the x-rays showed no broken bones. I am so pissed at myself right now but my coach told me that injuries are part of the sport and to really let it heal and baby it. I've been icing it tons, also alternating back and forth from heating pads to ice packs for about 20 minutes each a few times daily. I also have an electric muscle stimulator which i just started using today very lightly in combination with the heating pad and that seems to helping. Does anyone have any experience dealing with a sprained wrist? I was reading last night in some blogs and forums that Max Aita never recovered from a wrist injury and could no longer do olympic lifting? any help/thoughts/experience is greatly appreciated. I have just been doing core work and light squats trying not to irritate my wrist
Oh wow that sucks. I really wouldn't have thought you could get injured on a clean, especially warming up. The jerk and the snatch are much more "scary" to me. All I worry about on a clean is trying to make it economical in the hopes of a better jerk.
These past few workouts, ripped skin on my hands (to the point of sometimes bleeding) is distracting me from my lifts. A badly sprained wrist like that has got to suck alot more. Best of luck.
Hey Josh, sorry to hear about the wrist.
Max actually continued to train normally on his injury thinking that he would just work through it, and I believe his injury was worse than just a sprain. I want to say that he had broken bones in his wrist, and it eventually required surgery and they had to go in and fuse the bones in his wrist, which is why he is no longer able to Olympic lift at near the levels he used to and had to switch to powerlifting. You are doing the right thing by taking time off and resting it, although there are some exercises you can do in the meantime to keep your strength levels up, for example dip belt or safety bar squats if you have access to that type of equipment.
And Nicholas, there are plenty of ways that you can get injured on a clean, even just warming up. The other day we had a kid in here doing less than 50% of his 1RM, and he landed in the hole awkwardly and his elbow came down and made contact with his knee. He fractured his wrist and has had a cast on for the last 6 weeks. Using good form and having good awareness of your body at all times is extremely important, even with light weights.
Hope you have a speedy recovery Josh, and let us know if you have any more questions!
What do you mean dip belt?? Yes! safety bar squats i never thought of that. I am really considering ordering a cambered squat bar because i will be out for at least a couple months and i need to keep my squat strength up at the very least. i was going to order from this company http://www.power-systems.com/p-2449-cam … rce=google
Also i have been doing right arm kettlebell swings/presses/snatches but i dont want to overdo it because i will become unbalanced. My left side was always a little weaker than my right side to begin with..
thanks for the help guys