Bloody fingernails after playing...

Bloody fingernails after playing...

Post by Fred Boe » Mon, 03 Feb 2003 11:01:06


I play rec volleyball once a week. I keep my fingernails cut short, however,
after every game I have at least one (usually 2 or 3) fingernails which have
been torn away from the skin, causing pain and slight bleeding. They heal,
only to start up again.

Are there any suggestions for this:

1. Ideas on *why* this happens?
2. Suggestions on how to improve my technique to help prevent this?
3. Bandages, or creams or some other sorts of aids to prevent/alleviate
this?

Thanks in Advance!

Fred

 
 
 

Bloody fingernails after playing...

Post by Nutt » Tue, 04 Feb 2003 02:14:25

Ouch!

Moisturizing maybe and perhaps taping your fingers could help.  I see
players with heavily taped fingers, but that's not to suggest they
have the same problem as you.  You could try it anyway.

Good Luck!

Quote:

> I play rec volleyball once a week. I keep my fingernails cut short, however,
> after every game I have at least one (usually 2 or 3) fingernails which have
> been torn away from the skin, causing pain and slight bleeding. They heal,
> only to start up again.

> Are there any suggestions for this:

> 1. Ideas on *why* this happens?
> 2. Suggestions on how to improve my technique to help prevent this?
> 3. Bandages, or creams or some other sorts of aids to prevent/alleviate
> this?

> Thanks in Advance!

> Fred


 
 
 

Bloody fingernails after playing...

Post by Fred Boe » Tue, 04 Feb 2003 04:07:01

Is there any special type of tape that would be best suited to this? I've
tried bandages, but they don't seem to work really well...

I *do* use a lot of hand cream...

Thanks for the suggestions!

Fred


Quote:
> Ouch!

> Moisturizing maybe and perhaps taping your fingers could help.  I see
> players with heavily taped fingers, but that's not to suggest they
> have the same problem as you.  You could try it anyway.

> Good Luck!




Quote:
> > I play rec volleyball once a week. I keep my fingernails cut short,
however,
> > after every game I have at least one (usually 2 or 3) fingernails which
have
> > been torn away from the skin, causing pain and slight bleeding. They
heal,
> > only to start up again.

> > Are there any suggestions for this:

> > 1. Ideas on *why* this happens?
> > 2. Suggestions on how to improve my technique to help prevent this?
> > 3. Bandages, or creams or some other sorts of aids to prevent/alleviate
> > this?

> > Thanks in Advance!

> > Fred


 
 
 

Bloody fingernails after playing...

Post by m » Tue, 04 Feb 2003 05:48:20

This should not happen with any regularity.  It's happened to me maybe once
in 15 years and to players on my teams maybe once per year.  You either have
very bad form or need to see a doctor.

If it's bad form (common among rec players)  Concentrate on contacting the
ball closer to your palm than the end of your finger tips.

If not, see a doctor immediately.


Quote:
> I play rec volleyball once a week. I keep my fingernails cut short,
however,
> after every game I have at least one (usually 2 or 3) fingernails which
have
> been torn away from the skin, causing pain and slight bleeding. They heal,
> only to start up again.

> Are there any suggestions for this:

> 1. Ideas on *why* this happens?
> 2. Suggestions on how to improve my technique to help prevent this?
> 3. Bandages, or creams or some other sorts of aids to prevent/alleviate
> this?

> Thanks in Advance!

> Fred

 
 
 

Bloody fingernails after playing...

Post by Rapto » Tue, 04 Feb 2003 07:21:02

Quote:

> I play rec volleyball once a week. I keep my fingernails cut short, however,
> after every game I have at least one (usually 2 or 3) fingernails which have
> been torn away from the skin, causing pain and slight bleeding. They heal,
> only to start up again.

> Are there any suggestions for this:

> 1. Ideas on *why* this happens?
> 2. Suggestions on how to improve my technique to help prevent this?
> 3. Bandages, or creams or some other sorts of aids to prevent/alleviate
> this?

> Thanks in Advance!

> Fred

I assume it's overhand passes that are doing this.  Are you setting with
the very tips of your fingers?

I'd suggest athletic tape and setting the ball on the pads of the
fingers.  Elbows out, index fingers and thumb in the shape of a diamond,
other fingers in the shape of the ball, wrists flexed to receive the
ball, hands over your nose so if the ball slips you take it in the shnoz.

For tape, try a strip over the top of you finger front-to-back, then
another strip around it to anchor.

--
--
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"I'm not proud.  We really haven't done everything we could to protect
our customers.  Our products just aren't engineered for security."
--Microsoft VP in charge of Windows OS Development, Brian Valentine.

 
 
 

Bloody fingernails after playing...

Post by Fred Boe » Tue, 04 Feb 2003 07:22:36

I suspect I have "very bad form"...<g>.  I will try to work on my form as
per your suggestion.

Do you know of any good sites for a rec player like me who would like to get
some suggestions about form, rules, strategy, etc..?

Thanks!

 
 
 

Bloody fingernails after playing...

Post by Fred Boe » Tue, 04 Feb 2003 07:23:35

Thanks for the tips. I'll try them this week!

Fred

 
 
 

Bloody fingernails after playing...

Post by Todd Haverko » Tue, 04 Feb 2003 11:35:22

Quote:

> I play rec volleyball once a week. I keep my fingernails cut short,

Ow.

Quote:
> however, after every game I have at least one (usually 2 or 3)
> fingernails which have been torn away from the skin, causing pain
> and slight bleeding. They heal, only to start up again.

> Are there any suggestions for this:

> 1. Ideas on *why* this happens?

Dunno, but I know if I cut my fingernails and play for a significant
amount of time within the next couple of days, my nails hurt.

Quote:
> 2. Suggestions on how to improve my technique to help prevent this?

Thin strip of tape across the nail when pain starts seems to help a
lot.

Quote:
> 3. Bandages, or creams or some other sorts of aids to prevent/alleviate
> this?

I also just make a little bit of effort to not cut my nails before a
tournament day.

--

http://www.vbref.org/

 
 
 

Bloody fingernails after playing...

Post by Fred Boe » Tue, 04 Feb 2003 13:19:30

*Not* cut your nails.. hmm. that's interesting. I keep them really short on
the assumption that it is the ball catching on the tips of the nail that
pulls it back. Maybe they are too short?

Just a note... the fingernails aren't torn off or anything, simply pulled up
at the tips, enough to cause bleeding and pain...

I will try taping them up, and earlier suggestions about my form have made
me consider that, too. I will have some of the better players look at what I
am doing to see if I could improve!

Thanks!

Fred

P.S. They are *all* better players! <g

 
 
 

Bloody fingernails after playing...

Post by Todd Haverko » Tue, 04 Feb 2003 14:19:56

Quote:

> *Not* cut your nails.. hmm. that's interesting. I keep them really short on
> the assumption that it is the ball catching on the tips of the nail that
> pulls it back. Maybe they are too short?

That's what I meant to say.  I find that if I eliminate the white of
the nail completely, then that's too short for volleyball--they just
hurt.  Never any bleeding.  I don't understand why--maybe it's a
cuticle swelling thing or something that makes it hurt.  I need to
leave just a little white out there at the tips maybe a millimeter or
two.

But after rereading your original post... what you're experiencing
sounds different from what I was commening on.  Torn and slight
bleeding sounds pretty icky.  In what action do you think your tearing
the nails away from the skin?

Quote:
> Just a note... the fingernails aren't torn off or anything, simply pulled up
> at the tips, enough to cause bleeding and pain...

ah.   Maybe we are talking about the same thing and I just haven't had
the bleeding.  

Quote:
> I will try taping them up, and earlier suggestions about my form
> have made me consider that, too. I will have some of the better
> players look at what I am doing to see if I could improve!

And don't go nuts wth the nail trimmer--leave just a bit of white nail
out there and see if that helps.  :-)

--

http://www.vbref.org/

 
 
 

Bloody fingernails after playing...

Post by Joe Roone » Tue, 04 Feb 2003 16:21:06

Hi Fred,

When I worked for a living, I regularly used isopropyl *** and other
solvents to clean solder connections and it was deleterious, robbing the
skin of oils necessary for pliancy.  Perhaps there is a similar
environmental condition going on with you.  I used to split open the skin
when hitting before I learned to avoid contact with solvents.

And maybe you got some of that nail fungus we are always hearing about, with
a prescription pill for sale.

A dermatologist might be able to clear things up if your ball handling isn't
faulty.

Joe Rooney
Santa Clara, California


Quote:
> *Not* cut your nails.. hmm. that's interesting. I keep them really short
on
> the assumption that it is the ball catching on the tips of the nail that
> pulls it back. Maybe they are too short?

 snip
 
 
 

Bloody fingernails after playing...

Post by AnthonyMars » Wed, 05 Feb 2003 08:44:04

Quote:

> I play rec volleyball once a week. I keep my fingernails cut short, however,
> after every game I have at least one (usually 2 or 3) fingernails which have
> been torn away from the skin, causing pain and slight bleeding. They heal,
> only to start up again.

> Are there any suggestions for this:

> 1. Ideas on *why* this happens?
> 2. Suggestions on how to improve my technique to help prevent this?
> 3. Bandages, or creams or some other sorts of aids to prevent/alleviate
> this?

> Thanks in Advance!

> Fred

One of our players wears little bands near the top of his fingers.
I wonder if those little *** finger tip things that people wear to
count money or sort through papers would work.

--
Anthony Marsh
The Puzzle Palace  http://SportToday.org/

 
 
 

Bloody fingernails after playing...

Post by Fred Boe » Wed, 05 Feb 2003 11:42:55

If you wouldn't mind asking the next time you see the player with the
"little bands" what they are or where s/he got them, I would appreciate
knowing!

Thanks!

Fred

Lots of kind people with good suggestions in this NG!

 
 
 

Bloody fingernails after playing...

Post by Rapto » Wed, 05 Feb 2003 14:19:57

Quote:

> I suspect I have "very bad form"...<g>.  I will try to work on my form as
> per your suggestion.

> Do you know of any good sites for a rec player like me who would like to get
> some suggestions about form, rules, strategy, etc..?

> Thanks!

google on "volleyball technique."  If that doesn't get what you want,
Volleybal Magazine has an instruction and a basics section every month.
  Look at ESPN/Fox Sports for volleyball matches, and watch individual
players.  And ask the better players.  I learned by taking volleyball
classes, but you'll need one with a good teacher who actually teaches
the game instead of just supervising (or not) play.

--
--
Lynn Wallace                      http://www.xmission.com/~lawall
"I'm not proud.  We really haven't done everything we could to protect
our customers.  Our products just aren't engineered for security."
--Microsoft VP in charge of Windows OS Development, Brian Valentine.

 
 
 

Bloody fingernails after playing...

Post by Nutt » Thu, 06 Feb 2003 15:58:27

Probably at an office supply store like Staples, Business Depot etc.
Check out the area where they sell "*** fingers" and you might find
something there.  At this point, I think you're pretty much open to
anything that might work. ;o)
Quote:

> If you wouldn't mind asking the next time you see the player with the
> "little bands" what they are or where s/he got them, I would appreciate
> knowing!

> Thanks!

> Fred

> Lots of kind people with good suggestions in this NG!