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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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 Pendulum Grip Cart

Add a Variety of Pinch Grip Wrist Rollers to your Pendulum Grip Cart

Topics: Grip training, Pendulum Grip Cart, Storage Cart, Wrist Roller

Preparation For A Challenge

Crawling through mud, diving into ice water, leaping over fire, scaling giant walls, avoiding barbed wire are just a few of the obstacles you may encounter when you run the Savage Race, the Tough Mudder, Rugged Maniac Spartan Race or one of the many challenge courses across America.

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Hardcore obstacle courses require strength and endurance. Having strong hands and a strong upper torso is as important as having lower body strength. Challenging yourself in event preparation and making sure you develop grip strength will go a long way in ensuring success.

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Use the Pendulum Grip Cart and it's implements to train the various classifications of grips power grip, hook grip, ball grip, pinch grip, precision grip, as well as, abduction and addiction of the fingers to Get your hands Strong and ready to compete.

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Topics: Grip Cart, Running, Pendulum Gripper, Pendulum Grip Cart, Wrist Roller

Wrist Roller Shape

The shape of an object influences our finger and wrist joint posture when we grasp it. This subsequently alters the grip force distribution of the hand during maximal power grip tasks.

When training the hands the type of wrist roller affects the maximal grip force that can be achieved.  The contour, size and surface area of the implement increases the user's torque and dictates which muscles are affected which contributes to the exerciser's ultimate physical capacity.

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Normal force and contact area can be explained by the interaction between handle size and hand size. Hand area can be estimated by hand length times width. Knowing different muscle coordination strategies are used depending on a wrist rollers shape, Rogers Athletics has developed elliptical, circular, cubical and double-frustum wrist rollers of different thicknesses for exercising specific regions of the fingers, hands, wrists and forearms.

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Having the ability to train the various types of anatomical grips i.e., precision, pinch, hook, ball, power, abduction and adduction with the appropriate tool maximizes hand strength. Filling your grip cart with an implement for each of the above said movements and educating each athlete how to utilize each roller insures that the trainee develops all the structures of the hand fully.

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Choose from a wide variety of wrist rollers to fill your grip cart. 

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The following are a few of the many types of wrist rollers available from Rogers to Get Strong.

power grip 

Large Ergonomic Power Grip

small power grip

Natural Power Grip

ball grip

Ball Grip

pinch grip

Rogers large Pinch Grip Wrist Roller 

Topics: Grip Cart, Pendulum Gripper, Wrist Roller