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2013-09-22 4:17 PM

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Subject: Broken Hand During Swim!
Last week I was doing a local sprint tri. The water was murky and there were over 100 people per wave. In the middle of the swim, I felt someone kick my hand, hard. I think the kicker was doing the breast-stroke, it felt like a hard karate kick to the side of my hand. It really hurt a lot but I finished the entire event. By the end. my hand was killing me so I went and got an xray.

Long story short, mid-shaft fracture of my 5th metacarpal. I will try to include a picture if I can figure it out.

Anyone ever heard of such a thing?

hand photo handob_zps793e49e3.jpg

p.s. the screws in my wrist are from an old injury 10 years ago. And of course, I am right handed.

Edited by datlas 2013-09-22 4:19 PM


2013-09-22 4:59 PM
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Subject: RE: Broken Hand During Swim!
Wow, that really sucks!  I got kicked at a race this summer and I think I cracked some ribs.  Breast stroke kick can be pretty dangerous to the people around the kicker.
2013-09-23 9:15 AM
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WOW. I can't say I've ever heard of that. Sorry to hear.
2013-09-23 10:39 AM
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Subject: RE: Broken Hand During Swim!

I got a concussion from being kicked in the head during a swim.  It's rare, but swim kick injuries can happen.  Reminder to everyone to be careful out there!

OP, hope you heal up quickly.

2013-09-23 10:40 AM
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Ouch!  Hope you heal quickly. 

Are you in cast?  Can you still train at all?

Mark

2013-09-23 11:24 AM
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Subject: RE: Broken Hand During Swim!
Thanks for the sympathy,

I am in a brace from mid forearm to the tips of my 4th and 5th fingers. The other 3 fingers are free to move so I can sort-of write/eat with my hand but it's not easy.

I get another x-ray later this week to make sure it's healing and hopefully just need the splint for 6 weeks total and not need surgery.

I can't really ride my road bike like this, but I have some clip-on aero bars that I put on my old steel roadbike and put that on the trainer. It is pretty comfy, but I don't know if I have the guts to try it out on the road.

They say my splint is waterproof so I may try swimming in another week but it hurts too much to try just yet.

Obviously I can run like this, but I already planned to take a 2 week break from running to try to get a mild nagging achilles issue to heal.


2013-09-23 11:30 AM
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Subject: RE: Broken Hand During Swim!
I've seen broken hands, broken toes, kicked out teeth, black eyes, broken noses... open water swimming can be a really vicious sport!!
2013-09-23 11:31 AM
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, scary! Seems to happen quite often. Get well soon,
2013-09-23 1:27 PM
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That sux. It looks like you have already had surgery on a broken hamate bone? I really hate to see people breast stroke because it is impossible to see where you are kicking. I'm sure the person who did this meant no harm but it does reenforce the importance of avoiding a whip kick in crowds. Kinda like doing jumping jacks in a crowded elevator
2013-09-23 1:40 PM
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Subject: RE: Broken Hand During Swim!

Total bummer (but way to HTFU and finish!).

I recall Macca dropping out of Abu Dhabi, I think, last year with a broken little finger on the swim (or something similar).  Happens to the best, too.

I have mixed feeling about breast-stroke swimmers (I think "breast-strokers" might get censored - well, I guess we'll find out when I hit submit!). 

I like to see them in front of me, as it means I'm on course and don't have to sight for a couple strokes (I figure they can see!), and this has been good coming up on the back of a couple waves in previous races.  Downside is the contact, for sure.  All part of the sport though.

Heal quickly!

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2013-09-23 8:12 PM
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Subject: RE: Broken Hand During Swim!
It's called a boxers fracture and is most commonly seen in people who use poor technique when punching something.

Just how, exactly, did this person's foot hit your hand? Are you sure your hand wasn't making a fist during your swim?


2013-09-23 8:25 PM
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Originally posted by dmdpac

It's called a boxers fracture and is most commonly seen in people who use poor technique when punching something.

Just how, exactly, did this person's foot hit your hand? Are you sure your hand wasn't making a fist during your swim?


Not sure I would agree. A boxer fracture is in the neck (distal 1/3) of the metacarpal not mid shaft. An orthopedist may disagree but I wouldn't insinuate the OP was punching anything with a clenched fist based on this one view. Lateral impact would explain the soft tissue swelling along with fracture.
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