Question for Loopers

Posted on 2009.08.18 by Aaron Vieira.

In the "tips" section of Team Dawg Sofy says:

"The "sheet in" maneuver in one single and aggressive move.
It's also done by the back hand ONLY. You suppose to push with the front one to keep the center of effort of the sail forward and not aligned with your body. This will make the sail loop for you. Stay locked in that position until the landing".



So I'm having in problem in that my front shoulder has been getting jerked really hard when I work on loops, so much so that after I do about 10, the pain is so bad I can't comfortably sail anymore. Is it true that you can perform this without the holding on tight with the front hand? Should I move my front hand further back on the boom as well to lessen this effect?

Any help would be great. I want very badly to get more consistent, but this problem is cutting my sessions way short.

aaron

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aaron
(2009.09.01 10:33PM):
Thanks for the tips guys. I saw a doctor and he thinks I either strained or slightly tore my rotator cuff. I'm going to be doing physical therapy for the next month and focusing on getting back into riding shape for my October Maui trip.

This offseason we should all make a point to get really strong rotator cuffs... it seems like aside from lower leg injuries and occasional elbow stuff, the most important thing to take care of... and most of those nagging shoulder pains can be prevented through a little bit of proper training.
G.S.
(2009.09.01 08:39PM):
Reminds me of the alps:

Echo

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echo...


echo...


echo...
Sofy
(2009.09.01 01:22PM):
weird!!
Sofy
(2009.09.01 01:22PM):
weird!!
Sofy
(2009.09.01 01:22PM):
why the double posting? i didn't do that!!!
Sofy
(2009.09.01 01:22PM):
why the double posting? i didn't do that!!!
Sofy
(2009.09.01 01:21PM):
Hey Aaron, i find it almost impossible to rest enough for an injured shoulder. I had so much pain in both of my shoulders a little earlier this season and every season when i start crashing hard on moves, water starting itself becomes a source of injury. The pain is horrible, can't sleep at night, i can't lift my arm sideways... The only way i got my shoulders to heal is KEEP ON sailing as much as possible and try to get some massages of the the upper back/shoulders at least once a week.

Hope this will help.

Sof
Sofy
(2009.09.01 01:21PM):
Hey Aaron, i find it almost impossible to rest enough for an injured shoulder. I had so much pain in both of my shoulders a little earlier this season and every season when i start crashing hard on moves, water starting itself becomes a source of injury. The pain is horrible, can't sleep at night, i can't lift my arm sideways... The only way i got my shoulders to heal is KEEP ON sailing as much as possible and try to get some massages of the the upper back/shoulders at least once a week.

Hope this will help.

Sof
Asma
(2009.08.22 12:34PM):
You might be having a rotater cuff injury from trying too many loops. I feel that my front shoulder muscles get used heavily in the initiation of a forward loop: to throw the sail down wind and to jump the board. Also, that front arm needs to stay stiff during the whole move. So...that said, just like a paja over-use, loop over-use can lead to injury:)) Try something new (on starboard) in the meantime
G.S.
(2009.08.19 08:49PM):
...just to break the ice... of COURSE I'm not a looper and especially not an "expert" at anything...

My recommendation:

Take the front arm off the boom right before your prepare for liftoff... wave to the camera... and do the one-handed hooked-in one...

Easy AcTIOn!