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Old 04-10-2018   #1
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Wrist pain with new paddle

Hey Gang,

Quick background, I've been IK'ing for about 9 years and used a straight shaft with zero twist and everything was peachy. This last summer I started with a hardshell kayak and continued to use a straight shaft, zero angle paddle and that has been great.

Last week I decided to buy a Werner powerhouse, bent shaft R30 and I've taken it out on the river twice now and both times I start to get wrist pain in my right wrist (main hand) within a half hour or so. Very frustrating as I love the feel of the paddle and especially the blade in the water.

Thoughts?

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Hummm??? wrist pain. mmmmm. well all I can say is you need to cycle through paddles until you find the one.

It could be the shaft diameter? Blade shape? Maybe your still too "gripped" with your hold on the different paddle. Maybe your a 0 degree guy.

Did you stretch you hands out real good?

Could be a number of things combined.

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Old 04-11-2018   #3
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I think I'm going to try eliminating the R30 variable. My son has a straight shaft R30 which I'll try this weekend. I wish Werner would make R0 paddles available without it being a custom order!

And FYI, I'm pretty good about doing warm ups before setting out.
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Just my gut feeling. I really can diagnose over the internets. I think your too gripped. Its supper common with a new paddle. I say stay with the same paddle for at least 3 floats. Let your grip relax and give the guns so time to adjust.
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A 0 degree feather would probably make things worse. With no feather, you have to twist your wrist between paddling on each side. Mix that with the bent shaft, it may be hurting your wrist. A 45 to 60 degree paddle with proper paddling technique should solve that, but you may be better off getting rid of the bent shaft. And as mentioned above, there is a good chance you are gripping too tight.
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Old 04-11-2018   #6
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Straight shaft

Many, many years kayaking. Always used a straight shaft. When bent shafts were the new thing, I tried one. Hurt my elbows. I have stuck with a straight shaft ever since. Cheaper and lighter.
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Old 04-11-2018   #7
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I could very well be gripping too tightly, and I will try and eliminate that as a possibility as well.

As far as the R30, like I mentioned before, I've been paddling the past 8+ years with a straight shaft, zero offset and never had pain. So either my technique sucks with the new paddle (which is quite possible!) or some other ergonomic problem is afoot, which I will endeavor to discover!

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Hammer Factor causes sharp uptick in paddle overuse injuries.
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Probably start by drinking more milk.
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It is the pucker factor induced by a hardshell. Up until now, you have been in a boat that stays right side up all by itself. Now you are in a boat that stays upside down all by itself. I bet the added stress of keeping yourself upright translates into several things, the 1st of which being tenser muscles and grip. Hopefully more time will help you relax a bit , more. Trying the straight shaft does sound like a good control. Also, are the blades of the new paddle similar in size/shape to the old one. That adjustment could make a difference too.

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