Sunday, March 13, 2005


My first Tae Kwon Do injury: a jammed finger.

I jammed my finger yesterday while we were practicing blocks, but I didn't think much about it. Later that day, however, it swelled up a bit and got stiff. It's still a bit stiff and sore today.

I have no idea how (or if) to treat a jammed finger. Bruce told me to pull on it, which I did, gingerly (I'm a bit squeamish about such things). Ellen or Kickerchick--do you have any advice about jammed fingers?


Anonymous said...

For a jammed finger or other TKD bruise, bump or injury --

Ice, ice, ice. A bag of frozen peas or corn works particularly well, because it's pliable. Or a ziploc bag full of crushed ice cubes.

I'm also a fan of Alleve for muscle soreness.

Take care!

Gina said...

I don't know about jammed fingers but we use frozen peas for muscle aches or else Jesse's Mr. Bump blue liquid pack thingee. (I feel confident you'll know what I mean.)

I'm visiting your blog for the first time and have just hopped around in it a bit but wanted to tell you how much it resonates with my experiences studying tai chi and yoga.

I love being in a class, for one thing: I love learning something new and I love getting to be a student. It really helps me with my teaching to be in touch with how it feels to be in a class, to be one of a number of students, not to be in charge, not to have the answers, to be always jumping off into the new and unknown.

I also love learning something with my body. I'm teaching myself to play the recorder and there's something in common there with yoga and tai chi, a physicality, a way in which to learn something means for it to become automatic in my body, beyond thought.

And then there's the gift of the present moment, the best aspect for me of these activities.

I look forward to reading more about your TKD experiences. I love that you're taking TKD with your boys. That's really neat.

- Gina