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Shoulder Injuries From Bowling Too Much — 6 Comments

  1. Good article. I’m a bowling fanatic. I’m pushing 50. I use a 14lb ball, and I’ve been noticing i’m getting shoulder pain. Bad enough to affect my ability to lift at the end of my throw. I may have to re strategize my whole deployment and back off on power throws. I’m on 2 leagues, sunday and wednesday. I’m going to have to drop one and possibly drop to a 13lb ball. I need all the healing help I can get.

    • Hi Rudy,
      I am glad you liked the article, and left a comment, thank you! You may have to go to a lighter ball, and quit one league. You will notice the lighter ball will likely not carry as well because the block is smaller in the 13lb balls.For that reason ,I will stick to 14lb as long as I can. You have to speak to a doctor/specialist and get some x-rays, ultrasound done and determine what is going on. It could be overuse, or maybe more,like a torn bicep or rotator cuff injury.Once you determine exactly what is going on, then you can plan you treatment. I can tell you this, don’t let them talk you into constant daily therapy. They did that to me and it didn’t heal. I had to tell them I need a few days in between sessions, then I began to heal up! My goal was to avoid surgery because it is becoming questionable as a solution.My problem was a torn bicep with possible rotator cuff issues.Tthat is common as we age.

      You are getting close to my age, and as we get older we need a day or two between sessions to heal up! Insurance companies and doctors/surgeons who own rehab businesses want to overdo the therapy. Go slow..it takes longer to heal shoulders because of the poor circulation to that area. Plenty of heat and massage helps a lot.
      Good luck!

  2. I can really identify with “bowler’s shoulder” because, at one time, I was bowling while wearing a shoulder brace to keep from unduly aggravating my tendinitis.

    Also plaguing me was carpal tunnel in my wrist. I was throwing an offset, full-fingertip 16 pound ball and keeping my wrist locked into position took its toll.

    I finally had to cut down to bowling only a handful of games per day. It was tough since I was used to bowling between 15 and 20 games every day!

    Excellent article, Chas!


    • Hi Jim, Glad you liked the article. I was going through it, so I though others might be helped by what I experienced. When we are young it is not so apparent as when we get older. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment!


  3. Hi chas how are you ,I have just read your article and I thought it was fantastic. First of let me say I love to go bowling granted am not at a high level but it really is fun, it never occurred to me how it could effect the body and cause stress on the joints and other parts of the body down the line, but now I know and I can spread the message thank you for the information.

    • Hi Andrew,

      I am glad you enjoyed the article. Bowling is fun, but we can’t overdo it. Younger players will get some soreness, but older players can do some damage if they are not careful. Be careful, listen to your body and give it a chance to heal itself. If you get sore take it easy for a while. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.


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