Pain in thumb when throwing left hook

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  1. Niels

    Niels Orange Belt

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    When I’m training i recently started having a sharp pain in my thumb when throwing the left hook, it stops after throwing the left-hook about 10-15 times, but i don’t know what i do differently then.

    Has anyone experienced this too? What can I do to prevent it?

    I’m using these gloves:

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    Thats sounds familiar. I've used a pair of twins before that were a little uncomfortable until they got broken in some. The sharp pain could be the stiff glove digging into your thumb. My gloves softened a little but are still way stiffer than any other glove I've used
     
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    I’ve been using ‘em for a while now and i’ve got 14oz and my trainer says i hit hard for my weight, but they still seem stiff. I know in had other issues too before because i couldn’t hit as hard because my knuckles didn’t seem aligned with the punching part of the glove at first, but that seems resolved now.

    So is is just the glove then? Nothing i can do?
     
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    I do not know if it is the glove. I have no experience with that brand. However, you can buy some tennis balls pretty cheap and take them around with you day to day. Pull one out and squeeze it with your fingers and thumb to condition your hand. Or stop throwing that punch for awhile, at least with that much intent.

    I injured my elbow somewhat from a check hook I threw at an incoming sparring partner last night. It sent him chest into the ropes. However, sometimes you pay for effectiveness. lol. Notice what hurts, and first try rest and conditioning. See if that helps. If not, then go see a specialist to prevent further complication from a potential underlying injury you may not know about. I've had one before.
     
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    are you punching palm down?

    regardless of what way your punching, im going to take a guess you are punching "wrong" somehow.

    I have never had that problem, i have those exact same twins gloves, as well as open thumb bag gloves. no issues with the thumb

    the only thing I can think of, is your hitting with your thumb, and thats why it hurts.
     
  6. Niels

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    I have tried throwing that left hook both ways, and i have used other gloves which didn’t hurt when throwing that punch. Trust me i’m not throwing overhands.
     
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    It only hurts when throwing that punch, its not an underlying injury. So i guess it’s just the glove maybe? Even though the pain seems to stop after throwing the punch for a while.
     
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    It sounds like it to me. I might remember something similar and think it might have been from the left hook aswel. Like a pinching feeling. The gloves are probably loosening a little as they warm up and stretch with your punches. I'd say keep breaking in the gloves and they should loosen up some more over time. Mine softened a little from doing lots of heavy bag work. Most other gloves I've used would get too soft from lots of bag work but the twins gloves I have are still pretty stiff. They're very durable just probably not the best glove for comfort
     
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    Chdck your gloves.

    I had the same problem - i was certain i hadn't started throwing shit punches somehow - raised it with my coach - he tried my gloves on, and immediately told me to throw them away.

    The knuckle padding had flattened, meaning my thumb was now level with my fist, and i was essentially catching my thumb everytime i threw a hook.

    New gloves, no problem at all.
     
  10. Niels

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    I had that with my last gloves, which were boosters, i had swollen knuckles for a couple of days, no thumb pain though, but i’ve only been using these for a month so that can’t be it
     
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    you can hook palm vertical, or palm horizontal. Not overhands.

    Palm horizontal is more likely to land thumb than palm vertical.

    Either way it is quite strange. You may have a small thumb injury or something, I highly doubt it is the glove.
     
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    I know that, but it hurts either way, i know one hurt more that the other, but i don’t remember which way it was. I have never experienced this before and i havent noticed any pain in my thumb before those hooks
     
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    pretty strange, theres gotta be something wrong with your hand, the glove doesnt make any sense.
     

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