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phm41
March 6th, 2015, 04:47 PM
I broke my 4th metacarpal 4 weeks ago and have 2 more weeks in a cast. I am wondering if anyone has gone through this and if so, what can I expect as far as real swimming when I get back in the water? Obviously, I will be able to kick, but I don't know what kind of hand strength I will have. I also wonder how long it will take for me to get back in racing shape after 6 weeks of dry dock. (i have been walking and riding the exercise bike). Any info would be appreciated.

gigi
March 7th, 2015, 09:45 PM
I broke the 4th and 5th last year, and when I got out of my cast I was shocked at how weak my left arm had become in just a few weeks. I didn't notice it so much swimming, but my grip on my bike was a little too floppy for comfort for about a month. In the pool, it was a while before I could push up out of the water without either weakness in my arm or pain in my hand, but actual swimming was not affected as much as I thought it would be. If you've been staying decent aerobic shape, I bet it won't be long at all. Good luck!

phm41
March 8th, 2015, 05:11 PM
Thanks for your response. I had not thought about pain in my hand when I pull myself out of the pool. Will remember to use the ladder for a few weeks. My bicep is mush right now, so I can only imagine how withered my forearm will be.

matysekj
March 8th, 2015, 11:14 PM
I broke my 4th metacarpal many years ago when I was in my early 20's. I wasn't in Masters back then, but was swimming recreationally a little. I got a fiberglass cast and continued to go to the pool to kick with it. I don't remember any pain with doing things after the cast came off. Sure, it took a while to get the arm strength back, but it really wasn't bad at all. I was just happy to be able to do every day things like tie my shoes again and brush my teeth with my predominant hand.