|All power to the thumb|
The only issue was that Ivy was very specific about what she needed the thumb to do. As an elite level rower, she had to be able to actively flex the top joint of her thumb to 70 degrees, and maintain an eccentric load through the EPL in order to control her oar accurately. But what was even more important to her, was that her life after rowing was in no way compromised by a thumb that wouldn't straighten.
Every session for me became a study of the bio-mechanics of rowing. I have had no experience as a rower, with the few seasons I spent racing outrigger canoes counting for naught. We discussed stroke length, grip strength, grip positions, singles vs doubles, and the myriad of other factors that could affect performance at Ivy's level, right down to the specifics of thumb position.
|Go "Ivy" GO!!|
Ivy now has additional exercises designed to help her thumb with that final sprint. No doubt they will help her with life once she steps out of the boat. They will definitely help the next person that cuts a tendon who walks up the stairs and into my clinic because even if they aren't an elite athlete, I know that their specifics will be very specific too. Thanks Ivy, and good luck.
Look after those fingers,