I am not an Oly lifter (However, I use to work for an Olympic Lifter and have trained along side many of them!) I injured my left wrist back in 2002 playing football in high school. I fractured my Scaphoid bone and it has never healed resulting in a nonunion. My doctor at the time never considered a cast or anything invasive. The only treatment he prescribed was for me to wear a splint and physical therapy. I was only 17 so I did not know any better to take it upon myself to seek out answers elsewhere and took the doctors word that it would get better. Little did I know…
In the years that followed, I would continue to wear a splint and wrist wraps due to the aches and pains in my wrist whenever I would workout. My flexion of my wrist was fine and pain free but extension is where I experienced the most pain. I could no longer due pushups with an open palm due to pain and limited range of motion. In my mind I thought this was something I would just have to live with.
In 2010 I saw a hand and wrist specialist. He told me there were a couple options. The first was, he could do a percutaneous screw fixation and graft a blood vesicle from my leg or forearm to promote healing since the scaphoid has very poor blood supply in the first place. However, at the time I was personal training and I could not afford to take the down time. Plus, my doctor told me at the time the surgery and graft have a moderate success rate. I can’t for the life of me remember the exact number though.
The second option was for me to continue as is and just tolerate the pain, and any arthritis that has built up in my wrist and when I could no longer stand the pain come back in and he’ll do a fusion. (Side note: my friend had the fusion done and has lost ALL wrist extension capabilities and only has the ability to flex his wrist forward, which happens to be a typical result of fusions.)
I obviously chose the second option. However, in my mind I planned to never get a fusion. Thus, I started to supplement with Glucosamine/Chondroitin With MSM and had my friend who was an athletic trainer show me how to properly tape my wrist to prevent to much backward extension and provide stability.
I recently had a follow up with my Orthopedic hand and wrist specialist. He took another x-ray of my wrist and everything seems to be the same. So on a positive note my wrist has not declined at all. My range of motion was 60% for Flexion and 40% extension. My options are still the same. He said it would be a fools errand to try and fix my Scaphoid.
Bottom line, Athletic Tape and Supplements are my best line of defense for now. This is the reason I cannot do Olympic Lifts.
However, I’ve actually been looking for a way to incorporate Snatch Grip Deadlifts into one of my Leg days! My current leg days look like this:
Leg Day 1 (Wed): Back Squats, Deadlifts, Front Sqauts, GHR or Good Mornings, Then some Calf work.
Leg Day 2 (Sat): Front Squats, RDL’s, Back Squats, Hyper Extensions or Good Mornings, Calf Work.
Where would you guys recommend I place Snatch Grip DL on one of my leg days?
Any help you guys can provide would be very much apprieciated! Thanks.