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Good Pain, Bad Pain
On Your Knees
Secondary Injuries
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What's Sciatica?
The Female Athlete
Putting Your Feet First
Itis Schmitis
Too Much, Too Soon
Under the Influence
What's Goin' On?
Think Inches, Not Pounds
Preventing Vaginitis
That Painful Pull
Athlete's Heart
Exercise & Arthritis
Chilled to the Bone
Measuring Body Fat
Exercise and Your Breasts
Choosing a Sports Doctor
Lean on Me (Shoulder)
Exercise & Anemia
Exercise Abuse
Pelvis Sighting
Hand Aid
It's All in the Wrist
Back in Action
Altitude Adjustment
Tennis Elbow, Anyone?
Exercising in the Heat
Agony of the Feet
Restless Legs
Night Time Cramps
Birth Control Concerns
No Periods, No Babies?
Post Partum Prescription
Weight Loss Mystery
Undesirable Cooldown
To Brew Or Not To Brew
Fitness After Baby
Biking and Back Pain
Swimmer's Shoulder
A Hidden Athlete
Avoiding Osteoporosis
Drug Testing
Maximum Heart Rate
Headway Against Headaches
Torn Rotator Cuff
Fat Figures
Bloody Urine
Sag Story
Lackluster Leg
Bothersome Bulge
Gaining in Years
Taking It On the Shin
Aching Ankles
Hoop Help
Tender Toes
Meals For Muscle
Growing Pains
Hot Tips
High Altitude PMS
Personal Bests
Air Pollution
Ankle Blues
Heartbreak Heel
Yeast Relief

Hand Aid


If you are going to continue activity with a jammed finger, tape the injured finger to the next available uninjured one for support and protection. However, don't just tape and play unless you have seen a physician and been assured it is OK to do so.

Of course, prevention is the best medicine, and the exercises you do to rehabilitate an injured hand are the same you will do to prevent the injury in the first place.

Strengthen your grip by squeezing a tennis ball or hand grippers. Five or 10 minutes a day perhaps during your commute to work, can make a big difference. Take care of your hands - strong, healthy hands are important in your daily life as well as in many sports.

Some simple hand-strengthening exercises

Grip and Spread: Sitting or standing, extend injured arm in front of you, palm down. Make a tight fist, keeping wrist in neutral position. Release fist and spread fingers wide. Perform 10 to I5 repetitions twice daily.

Towel Twist: Sitting or standing, hold a towel with your hands about 8 inches apart, palms down, arms extended at chest height. Alternately twist towel forward and backward. Perform 10 to 15 repetitions twice daily.

Grip and Squeeze: Sitting or standing, hold a rolled elastic bandage in your injured hand, palm down, arm extended. Squeeze bandage tightly, then relax, Perform 10 to 15 repetitions twice daily.

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About the authors: Carol L. Otis, M.D., is Chief Medical Advisor to the Sanex WTA and UCLA student health physician. Roger Goldingay is a former professional soccer player. They are married and the co-authors of The Athletic Woman's Survival Guide.

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