Bowling Finger Injuries Can be Caused by Age
Bowling finger injuries are a bit more common than you may think. As we age they tend to get more and more common.If you have bowled for years, say 40 or so like I have, that is a lot of wear and tear on those digits.
How many thousand times have you pitched the ball down the lanes and used those bowling fingers on a good release to lift and turn the ball, so it works it’s devastating magic crushing pins for strikes?
What can you do about it? Well, that’s a fair question, but not so simple to answer. It depends a lot on where exactly you hurt.
My particular bowling finger injury is due to a impact injury to my middle finger that results in pain on the front nail bed mostly and some pain in the joint.
As I get older, arthritis is setting in and making the situation worse. If you have been reading my posts, you have been along on my journey to find a way to relieve the pain.
My most comfortable relief so far was bowling with a glove, and by far was the best for relief for me. However, as I stated before, it was harder for me to get the amount of turn on the ball that I liked, so I decided to try something else I had in mind.
I decided to simple try a bigger finger insert. If this doesn’t work out, I may just go back to using the glove and throw a straighter ball to the pocket, but I know this will reduce my number of strikes, by cutting down on the angle to the pocket. So, I am not satisfied with that until it becomes my absolute last choice.
Irregular Release Without That Snug Fit
I had already tried using no inserts in the middle finger and a ring finger insert,(not using a glove) and had mixed results. What happened for me was a irregular release, in which the ring finger ( your lift finger) would sometimes impart more lift and turn the ball harder than I wanted. Then, as I tried to reduce the pressure on that finger, it would result in a ball that did not have enough turn. So, my conclusion was, it was just to touchy or erratic for me, and the result was an irregular release.
Another problem with one insert on the ring finger only, was the fact that the ring finger quickly became sore from all the pressure being on the ring finger for every shot. I am sure that I could have improved that situation somewhat with some exercise conditioning of that finger, but that is just simply a pain in the butt. I am still experimenting, so I don’t want to decide too quickly.
In the end,(for now anyway) I settled on just using slightly bigger inserts in both fingers, much like a worn out insert feel.I know what your are thinking, “why use inserts then”. Well, for me personally, I like the feel of inserts better than no inserts. It also gives me more turn easier when I need it, than I can get with out inserts. But it still is a bit of an irregular release at times, because it just doesn’t have that nice snug fit and feel, and you give up some turn because they are loose.
So for now I guess this is the compromise that I am probably going to settle on, at least until the next brainstorm hits. My bowling finger injury is probably a bit unique, because it is not totally caused by bowling itself, but the game does aggravate it and cause finger pain for me.
Types of Bowling Finger Injuries
Bowling finger injuries can include the pain bowlers feel in the fingers between the knuckle and first finger joint. Joint pain could be cause by the insidious results osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or simply trauma from overuse or injury.
Diabetes and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:
Diabetes can cause nerve damage know as peripheral neuropathy. Carpal Tunnel syndrome also causes peripheral neuropathy.
Diabetes in particular, can cause numbness and nerve problems in arms and legs as well. Carpal tunnel can progress from numbness and tingling in the fingers to pain, cramping and burning in the fingers as well.
Injury and Overuse
Sometimes bowlers who bowl 5 times a week, suffer because they just bowl too much. I had to cut down from 4 days a week to 2, and it did make a difference. It gives your body a chance to heal up some, in between, and also gives those fingers some rest.
Today people are typing out texts on their phones and home computers, and a lot of typing can cause our fingers to get sore and painful also. Then, we go bowling and can’t figure out why our bowling fingers hurt? Or how about those games we play on Xbox?
What the reason is doesn’t matter as much as “how” to get relief from the cause and still bowl. One type of brace for bowlers that helps sore fingers is known as SteelFingers. It is a brace that gives extra support to the fingers and allows you to continue bowling with less pain. If you have these issues, check it out.
Until we find that fountain of youth where we all stay young forever, I guess we have no choice but to try to take care of ourselves, eat healthy and get plenty of exercise, fresh air, and warm up well before we play hard at such games as bowling.
Using finger strength exercises with hand strengtheners, and stretching exercises used for carpal tunnel rehab is about the best thing we have to keep our fingers working as well as we can.
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