> *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
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?
> 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
> 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. :-)