Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Wear and tear

On the water again

A while ago I mused about the number of paddle strokes on an average day paddle of, say 20 kms.  At my cadence its abut 7,000 paddle strokes per side.  That adds up.

Last year I was in my kayak 126 days.  On top of that I was at the gym three days a week, two of which brought the shoulder into action.  Its caught up on me.  My shoulder aches.  I believe, self-diagnosed, that I have tendinitis somewhere in the shoulder joint.

The most common cause of tendinitis is overuse and repetitive motion from recreational, athletic, or occupational activities. Risk factors for tendonitis include repetitive movement.  There's the smoking gun.

I've started icing and tried to reduce use.  Its having an effect but can I stay patient?  The short answer is "no".  I can still paddle but within a limited range of motion where it doesn't hurt.  I'll just have to pick my paddle.


  1. Sorry to hear you are suffering! Take it easy :)

  2. Thanks so much! I hope it didn't come across as a sob story. I set out to make it more of a warning to not overdo this paddling thing because the injury bug will bite ya. I'll revisit the idea in a few days.

    Tony :-)