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    Hand Fatigue

    Greetings,

    Enjoy the site, been lurking for a couple of weeks. Ive been training in bjj for about 6 months. Learning alot and having a good time doing it. Im experiencing hand fatigue and am wondering if this is common and hoping there might be might be some insight out there on how to remedy the issue.

    My hands get pretty damn sore and sometimes feel as if the bones or joints are bruised and can take days to heal which sucks cuz it usually means i am missing class to let them heal.

    Anyways - TIA

    kj

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    not a grappler but stretch and take some Arnica Montana 30 C should cut your recovery time 40%

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    If you're just starting BJJ, it is probably that your hands aren't conditioned for the constant gripping, and you're probably gripping too hard, too long, much of the time (as most people do when they are new). I can't offer any immediate solutions but if you keep doing BJJ it should go away as you get conditioned and learn to relax.

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    I used to get that feeling when I did rock-climbing a lot. Kinda felt like I had arthritis or something. The reason was that I was using my arms for everything, putting a LOT of pressure on my hands.

    So, yeah, what Aesopian said. You're gripping too hard.
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    If you want to improve grip strength, there's a couple of things you can do.

    First, you can use the "fat bar" for your lifts, which is essentially a much wider bar for bench press and such. The wider grip makes your hands work harder.

    You can also pinch weight plates together and see how long you can keep them together. Start off light, with, like, 5lb plates or 10lbs, then keep working your way up.

    It's already been addressed that experience and learning when to apply pressure will help with reducing your pain.

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    Whatever you do though, stay away from those hand-excerciser things you sit there and squeeze all day. Can anyone say carpal-tunnel syndrome?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aesopian
    If you're just starting BJJ, it is probably that your hands aren't conditioned for the constant gripping, and you're probably gripping too hard, too long, much of the time (as most people do when they are new). I can't offer any immediate solutions but if you keep doing BJJ it should go away as you get conditioned and learn to relax.
    Yup, that about sums it up. If you’re a girlie man you can soak your hands in a bowl of hot water when you’re done grappling to loosen them up or you can buck up and spar more thereby accelerating your acclimatizing time.

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    You could HAVE arthritis, its very common in younger men today. Have you gone to a doctor and had him look at it?

    I have arthritis in both of my hands from doing alot of stupid crap in martial arts. Simple anti-inflamatories will help if thats the case.
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    You get BRUISES on your hands from just grappling?


    Quote Originally Posted by IzzyDaHedgehog
    Whatever you do though, stay away from those hand-excerciser things you sit there and squeeze all day. Can anyone say carpal-tunnel syndrome?
    If you are saying hand grippers such as the ones found at www.ironmind.com cause carpal-tunnel syndrome please provide links to this.

    Or deny. I have not found any information nor come across this before.
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    Sometimes if you use lotion you can apply less squeezing pressure, lessening the burden on your hand and enhancing your pleasure at the same time.
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