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Full Crimp Grip And More

Without question rock climbing requires strong hands. Because of the landscape to be traversed and the varying size of protuberances and crevices, it necessitates that our strength begins at the fingertips. The most common fingertip holds are defined as full and half crimp and are used regularly on the rock's shifting terrain. Full crimp involves the distal,  intermediate and  proximal, phalanges as well as the use of the thumb, whereas the half crimp is thumbless. These digital positions can be likened to the anatomical classifications of hook, pinch and precision grips.

When climbing routes become steeper much of one's body weight can no longer be supported by the legs - this begets participants to heavily rely upon the hand's fingers and the upper torso for  movement. Indoor climbing is a must for preparation for the outdoor season in maintaining the hands and finger's strength and dexterity. To enhance crimping power the added use of the Pendulum Gripper will bring crimping and one's ascending ability to an entirely new level.

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Hand Grip Strength

A study to improve the reliability and validity of hand strength evaluations and establish clinical norms for adults aged 20 to 75+ years was published in 1985. The normative clinical data for hand grip and pinch strength has continued to be examined and compared, based on these results, since then.  When the data in 1985 was collected one of the concerns for the researchers and a limitation in their study was that stronger volunteers might be more likely to participate than those who thought they may do poorly. "This could cause a biased sample in favor of higher hand strength scores."  What should, in fact, give us all pause is that regardless of gender, power grip and lateral pinch grip strength has declined in millennials (age 20-34 years) since the original findings!

The National Center for Health Statistics just released that there has also been a "drop in overall life expectancy for the first time since 1993, particularly among people younger than 65." Are these two statistics related? 

The American Heart Journal published, "The Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study: Examining the impact of societal influences on chronic noncommunicable diseases in low-, middle-, and high-income countries. Researchers measured the grip strength of 140,000 adults in 17 countries and followed their health for four years, their findings suggested "weaker muscle strength makes it more likely that a person will die sooner if he or she develops a chronic medical problem, compared with those who have more muscle strength."

As we have become more mechanized in agriculture, robotic in our manufacturing and automated in our lives we cannot forget the importance of exercise. Our musculature is the largest organ in our bodies and must remain strong and vibrant throughout one's life. Keeping strong and Getting Strong must always be a priority in healthful living.

 

 

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Gamekeeper

In the 1950's the term  'gamekeeper' was used to describe an injury to the metacarpophalangeal joint of the thumb. It originated as a description of a work related injury of Scottish sport estate gamekeepers, whereby the gamekeeper as a necessary part of his employment sacrificed birds and animals such as rabbits by breaking their necks for their sporting guests. The gamekeeper would hold the creature's legs in one hand and wedge the animal's neck in the cleft between the thumb and index finger and pull forcibly. Many keepers after years of work would injure their thumbs even going so far as to rupture the ulnar collateral ligament. Today this injury is often called 'skiers thumb' as a consequence of a skier's hand driven into a ski pole upon falling. Though the term has been labeled as such, injuries to the ulnar collateral ligament and/or thumb are common in many sports such as football, volleyball, basketball and others.

The thumb acts as a primary restraint to an opposing stressors and is injured if hyperabducted and hyperextenened. In the Journal of Orthopedic Surgery, "Injury to ulnar collateral ligament of thumb.", researchers indicate that the injury is often missed by inexperienced health care personnel. When thumbs are 'jammed' or strained by an athlete in sport' he or she may resume activity without reporting the injury as well.  Like any other joint or muscle once injured it must be examined properly, rehabilitated, retrained and strengthened to normal levels to prevent further injury.  

Pinch Grip

Training with 'pinch grip' wrist rollers of varying grip dimensions strengthens the extrinsic thumb muscles of the hands and very small pinch blocks the intrinsic muscles. Keeping the adductor musculature strong helps guard against hyperextension. If a thumb is strained use a variety of pinch grip wrist rollers to Get Strong.

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Getting A Grip On Life

A person’s chronological age can be quite different from their biological age. Scientists perpetually are on the lookout for the biomarkers that they can put together to most approximate one's demise. Though there is no exact definition for biological age, it generally indicates whether the body is functioning better or worse than its chronological age.

Recently, Gretchen Reynolds wrote an article in the New York Times, 'Older Athletes Have a Strikingly Young Fitness Age.' The article discussed how researchers have surmised that athletic seniors are typically 20 years or more younger physically than their chronological age compared to their non-athletic constituents. Looking at epidemiological studies those who are fitter generally have a longer life span. Getting fit and having the ability to change one's fitness age should be a viable reason to exercise.

The 2015 Lancet Medical Journal recently published, 'Grip strength and mortality: a biomarker of ageing?'  It was discussed that grip strength is simple to measure yet a powerful predictor of future disability, morbidity and mortality at any age. It may go as far as identifying an individual’s risk for having a heart attack or stroke or dying from cardiovascular disease.

Researchers found that an 11-pound decrease in grip strength over the course of their study was linked to a "16% higher risk of dying from any cause, a 17% higher risk of dying from heart disease, a 9% higher risk of stroke and a 7% higher risk of heart attack."

This is the largest study to have made this connection, as well as it was determined that grip strength was a relevant measure across high-income, middle-income and low-income in all countries.

Keeping fit and Getting Strong changes your life.

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Training The Hands To Get Strong

Hand-grip strength has been identified as one limiting factor for manual lifting and carrying loads. An object's weight, the actual surface material being lifted and visual cues have a great deal to do with the digital forces we apply when we are lifting it. Lifting and carrying loads is the essence of strength training. For an athlete to reach his potential he or she must Get their hands Strong

All our fingers can contribute to the total force we can emit when grasping an object even the grip span affects the outcome. Training with different grip tools, varying widths as well as concentrating on individual and pairs of digits maximizes hand strength, which is reflected in total body strength.

Below the athlete begins the exercise using a 'ball grip wrist roller.'  When the exercise is completed he uses different finger combinations on the Rogers Rope Pull to strengthen each digit.

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Grip Strength

Grip strength can be used as a tool to have a rapid indication of someone's general muscle strength. Grip strength is reflective of muscle mass and gives you an overall sense of someone’s vitality. In a clinical setting it can predict things in the future like post-operative complications and even death.

Looking at grip strength it is pretty obvious, using all five fingers that you are the strongest. Utilizing all five digits and making a fist is called the 'power grip'. The next most powerful combination is using all the fingers without the thumb this is called the 'hook grip'. Grip strength without the middle finger and without the ring and little fingers is the least forceful way to grasp objects.  

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Training the 'power grip' on the Pendulum Gripper

Looking at contributions of individual digits to the total percentage of strength of the hand, the thumb, index, and middle fingers are 17%, 22%, 31% of the sum total and the ring and little fingers are 29%, respectively.  As you can see the middle finger at 31% is the most important contributor to total hand power. The next most important is the combination of the ring and little fingers.  

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Improving Shoulder Strength With Hand Grip

Hand grip exercises can increase shoulder muscle integrity.

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The supraspinatus muscle is a rotator cuff muscle that helps initiate abduction of the shoulder. The supraspinatus also helps to stabilize the shoulder joint by keeping the head of the humerus firmly in place. It is common for strength coaches to have athletes incorporate a series of rotator cuff exercises to target the intrinsic muscles of the shoulder utilizing bands and light weights as part of their workout regime to insure it's stability.   

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Athletic trainers traditionally have used an exercise called the 'empty can' to isolate the supraspinatus in checking or improving this muscles strength. The empty can is performed by standing with the arms hanging at the side as if to do a normal side lateral raise. The arm is then rotated internally, trying to put the back of the hand against the thigh. Maintaining this position the arms are lifted out to the side away from the body with the thumbs pointing towards the floor to a position almost parallel to the ground for each repetition.  This movement brings the shoulder into internal rotation making it difficult to use the powerful deltoid to raise the arm requiring the supraspinatus to do much of the work. 

The supraspinatus can be also be effected strongly by gripping exercises with the arms held above 60 degrees and below 90 degrees, especially by pre-exhausting the deltoids before the hand work begins.

Studies clearly show there are high demands on handgrip force when the arms are elevated. As the hands are exercised the shoulders become under a high load as well. Pre-fatiguing the deltoids and immediately training the grip is a great way to Get the supraspinatus, hands and shoulders Strong.

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Pre-fatiguing the shoulders on the Pendulum Shoulder/Incline 

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Pulldown

The Pendulum Lat Combo Pulldown has interchangeable handles that allow for an unlimited number of exercises to develop the upper back as well as a variety of movements to train the grip. 

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8th Annual Strength & Conditioning/Athletic Development Conference

8th Annual Strength & Conditioning/Athletic Development Conference

CEUs will be 1.2 NSCA, 9.0 BOC, CSCCa 6.75 and 12 NSPA

Performance Training Center powered by UNDER ARMOUR (FX Studios - Hunt Valley)
11270 Pepper Road
Hunt Valley, Maryland

Itinerary for Friday, July 18, 2014 


5:15-6:00 pm Registration / Check-In
5:50-6:00 pm Opening Remarks - Adam O'Brien, Director of FX Performance Training Center
6:00-6:55 pm ”The Meats And Potatoes”
Robert Taylor, Jr., Founder and Owner of SMARTER Team Training
7:00-7:55 pm "TBD"
Dr. Jan Dommerholt, President and Owner of Bethesda Physiocare
8:00-8:55 pm ”Think Fast. Be Fast. Perform Fast.”
Mike Wehrell, CEO of Vertimax
9:00-9:30 pm “Meet and Greet” – Non-alcoholic beverages will be provided in Sponsor/Vendor Area

 

itinerary for Saturday, July 19, 2014 
7:00-8:15 am Registration / Check-In – Drinks and bagels will be provided in Sponsor/Vendor Area
7:50-8:00 am Welcome and the “Kick Off”
8:00-8:55 am “O-Lifts From Beginners To The Big Time”
Drew Wilson, Director of S&C at the University of Maryland
9:00-9:55 am “Strength Training: Practical and Purposeful Applications”
Matt Brzycki, Assistant Director of Campus Recreation, Fitness at Princeton University
10:00-10:55 am "Are Your Prepared For Combine Prep?"
Justin Kavanaugh, Head Coach at The Sport & Speed Institute
11:00-11:55 am “Strength Training: Did You Know?"
Mike Gittleson, Former Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the University of Michigan

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12:00 -1:00 pm Lunch Break – Subs Provided in Sponsor/Vendor Area 

12:10-12:55 pm “Round Table” for Questions and Discussion –  This section of the event will allow for questions, provide advice, suggestions, and guidance where applicable.

1:00-1:55 pm ”Movement Screen And More”
Dr. Justin Funk, Founder and President of Lax Factory
2:00-2:55 pm ”Developing Your Training Template”
Doug Scott, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for The Pingry School
3:00-3:55 pm “Acceleration. Not Speed Training Or Conditioning. We Are Talking Acceleration!”
Dave Brixius, owner of Explosive Sports Performance
4:00 pm Closing comments

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