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06-06-2009, 01:10 PM
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Torn Bicep Tendon

Well wouldn't you know it ... someone started a worst iunjury thread here and jinxed me lolz.

I was playing monday night and went into the corner in our own end to help out the D and a guy had the puck with his face towards the boards so I came in (I am a lefty) with my stick hand to go around his waist to shove my stick in there to free up the puck. That is fine and good but my LEFT hand I had free off the stick and and while coming in decided out of habit to hook onto his waist to "cheat" with a hold sorta.

You know like we have all done 3 million times over the years. A harmless common play where you never see anyone get hurt.

Well just as I get in there the guy decides to take off to my left causing the whole thing to be a two people doing different things at the same time bang bang thing hyperextending my left arm that was off the stick and that familiar hockey injury "pop" of a bicep tendon tearing ensued. I immediatley knew what I had done and true to most muscle/tendon tears it wasn't painful right away.

I did skate off the ice onto the bench and immediately knew something was wrong and it was not a minor injury.

Okay fast forward to the ER after driving home 40 miles ... the doctor says he spoke to a specialist which I still have to call monday or so to get it evaluated, and he said it may require surgery or it may heal okay enough to use again somewhat normally.

My question here is this ... has this happened to you and if so how was it treated if it was at all and what was the end result for you playing hockey again afterwards?

Did you opt for NO surgery or did you have surgery?

Right now I have range of motion with it though I am not as of yet able to straighten my arm out as it is still too stiff and painful. I can absolutely tell the tendon is still attached but elongated which the amount of elongation has been shrinking everyday and the bicep is starting to look somewhat normal again but it is obvious that it will never look normal again.

it has the Popeye bicep look as the tendon holding it to the elbow has obviously suffered trauma but it is starting to feel good and giving me signs that things should heal very well for it.

I only needed painkillers for two days and now it is just like an ache and easy to deal with. I can lift plates of food with it or coffee without much discomfort.

I know there will be NO hockey for me for at least 2 months and probably more like 4 months to 6 months because I blew out a hammy before very severely and was on crutches for 2 months and it took about half a year before I could play again.

So anyway .... I can type with two hands now so I made this thread after hurting it back on monday, things were too pianful and one hand typing is not funny.

I am going to go public skating twice a week instead of playing hockey to keep the legs going. I will spend some time with my niece and my great nephew who is 5 and learing to play hockey and skate, he likes public skating too. Public skating for me starts sunday and I bought a lace tightener as I cannot do much still to tighten laces with my injury, it seemed to help in a trial run at home on the sofa.


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I have no medical advice to give you but I can say I am sorry man, that sucks. At least you are still getting out there and skating though

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Owww.

I'm not a hockey player, but I am a drummer and cannot lift weights for very long, because I always compensate with the inside of my elbow, and wind up screwing my tendon, causing it to hurt when I play for a few weeks.

The pain eventually goes away, but Im sure it can be permanently screwed over eventually. Maybe that's what you did?

I say just take a few weeks off from working out that arm.

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A relative of mine got the exact same injury a couple of weeks ago. He had to get surgery to get the tendon reattached and to unroll the muscle, and supposedly it'll take him about 3 months for everything to heal up back to where he was originally. The doctor said that surgery would be necessary if he wanted to get full strength in that arm again - I have no idea if thats specific to his case or if its a general rule with these types of injury.

Sorry to hear that though, good luck with the recovery.

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A relative of mine got the exact same injury a couple of weeks ago. He had to get surgery to get the tendon reattached and to unroll the muscle, and supposedly it'll take him about 3 months for everything to heal up back to where he was originally. The doctor said that surgery would be necessary if he wanted to get full strength in that arm again - I have no idea if thats specific to his case or if its a general rule with these types of injury.

Sorry to hear that though, good luck with the recovery.
Well that sucks for your relative for sure. Mine is not detached and I am sure of that since I can feel it working the bicep.

Tonight in the shower i heated it up pretty good and flexed my arm and bicep and things seemed to work well like they should. I could physically see my bicep working with the tendon though it is not normal looking it does seem to me that it will heal and be half decent for everyday use. I think the muscle got the worst of it and the tendon is affected too. I certainly do believe it could have been worse though with how it looks now as far as that yellow discoloration and bruised look makes it look bad.

My muscle is not rolled up which was what concerned me originally and it elongates when I stretch my arm out. I can only stretch my arm out at this point after heat has been applied .... just like my hamstring was tears ago when I tore that up.

i'll play it by ear and see how it goes, obviously if I have to have surgery I will find a way to do so. I really think so far though that it is doing very well. If I have weakness issues and the arm is not as strong as it should be after I physical therapy it than obviously reinjuring it would be more likely to happen.

The ER docotor did say that the specialist had said to him that often if the tendon is not detahced that it can heal up and be just about as good as it was minus the small ince and a half scooped out look just before the elbow joint.

Thanks for sharing the info you did as it was helpful and i too hope it goes well without any troubles. I do know for sure it will be months before I can play again.


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Well that sucks for your relative for sure. Mine is not detached and I am sure of that since I can feel it working the bicep.

Tonight in the shower i heated it up pretty good and flexed my arm and bicep and things seemed to work well like they should. I could physically see my bicep working with the tendon though it is not normal looking it does seem to me that it will heal and be half decent for everyday use. I think the muscle got the worst of it and the tendon is affected too. I certainly do believe it could have been worse though with how it looks now as far as that yellow discoloration and bruised look makes it look bad.

My muscle is not rolled up which was what concerned me originally and it elongates when I stretch my arm out. I can only stretch my arm out at this point after heat has been applied .... just like my hamstring was tears ago when I tore that up.

i'll play it by ear and see how it goes, obviously if I have to have surgery I will find a way to do so. I really think so far though that it is doing very well. If I have weakness issues and the arm is not as strong as it should be after I physical therapy it than obviously reinjuring it would be more likely to happen.

The ER docotor did say that the specialist had said to him that often if the tendon is not detahced that it can heal up and be just about as good as it was minus the small ince and a half scooped out look just before the elbow joint.

Thanks for sharing the info you did as it was helpful and i too hope it goes well without any troubles. I do know for sure it will be months before I can play again.
I'm not a doctor, but had a similar injury to a tricep from excess lifting. At this point, if it's coming along like you say, let it go for another week or so and see how it feels. It's healing remarkably well and sounds like a very partial tear. You're regaining range of motion too, so don't bother with surgery unless the doctor says it's your only option.

And remember, even before the muscle fully heals, try to gently stretch it. Once it gets to 100%, do full stretching, then get back to lifting some weight so you regain more strength then you had before!

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haven't seen it in hockey, but we have had 2 guys at work that have done it.(firefighters) one was off for about a year, the other about 8 months. both guys had arms the size of most mens thighs.(I don't know if that affected recovery) also our job kinda requires you to be 100% so that may have played a role. one of the guys is a close friend he had to change how he works out due to cronic pain. hope everything goes well for you. I suggest that you do everything your MD and PT suggest. don't rush it no matter how good you feel. if ya rush it your just going to F it up again.

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Don't get to far ahead of things, you'll go crazy. Trust me, I'm sitting here with a torn ACL. I was ready to ditch my gear, sell my skis and give up martial arts.

Listen to the doctors, take notes if you have to. Ask them any possible question you might have and try not to base everything on playing hockey. It's tough when it's something you love to do.

Real bummer bro, sorry to hear it.

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I'm not a doctor, but had a similar injury to a tricep from excess lifting. At this point, if it's coming along like you say, let it go for another week or so and see how it feels. It's healing remarkably well and sounds like a very partial tear. You're regaining range of motion too, so don't bother with surgery unless the doctor says it's your only option.

And remember, even before the muscle fully heals, try to gently stretch it. Once it gets to 100%, do full stretching, then get back to lifting some weight so you regain more strength then you had before!
I'll keep this in mind for sure and thanks for the advice. It really is healing very well thankfully.

There will be a muscle deformity but the doctor had said that some that not require surgery have that and it isn't a big deal. The main goal he said was to be able to use the arm without having a disability.

The other thing to consider was I am almost 41 (birthday in July) and my days of playing aggressive hockey where I need to score score score are done anyway. Now is the beer league fun time and from the looks of it I should heal up pretty well to be able to play hockey normally again.

I definitely will know if something is wrong or is just not workable and would then seek out surgery if it is necessary.

I have been pleased with how well it looks physically today as well. When I first did it I could rest my arm limp resting on my elbow and the bicep would go down to where it should be by the elbow but any pressure lifting the arm and the bicep would shrivel right up to about half its normal size.

NOW it does not do this like it did and is absolutely not as pronounced. Obviously still bruised and yellowed and stiff but definitely way less depressing looking than monday when I first did it.

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thats the hard part about getting older, when you get out there and the play develops you forget that your not 17 anymore.I couldn't tell you how many times I have gotten out of the shower the next morning and realized how badly I bruise now. I can't seem to not get in front of shots when I see them coming. I'll be 37 in a couple of months, and my wife just laughs at my dumbazz everytime I come home bruised up.

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thats the hard part about getting older, when you get out there and the play develops you forget that your not 17 anymore.I couldn't tell you how many times I have gotten out of the shower the next morning and realized how badly I bruise now. I can't seem to not get in front of shots when I see them coming. I'll be 37 in a couple of months, and my wife just laughs at my dumbazz everytime I come home bruised up.
I hear ya .... in fact most of the guys i play with are in their 20s or early 30s and just told me to stop all that physical play I usually do as a checking forward. They told me to lay back and just have fun and that I didn;t have to fly around full tilt for my whole shift.

My injury was on the flukey side to be honest ... the guy decided to take off to my left just as I was skating in there at a half decent clip. His momentum added to mine and my muscle gave out on a seemingly harmless play.

The main thing I have noticed as you have described for yourself is that my wrists get sore when I play too much. it is obvious to me that my recovery time has lengthened. I simply need more time in between sessions to heal up. I cut down to 2 sessions a week and that seems to be a good spacing for me to recover legs and other body part fatigue issues.

I had a good skate today by the way which felt good ... I did not count on wearing a sling setting my balance off kilter though while skating. I adjusted the sling so my hand hung lower out of the front of it and then I had my balance back.

It was bad enough feeling naked without equipment and even worse .... no stick in hand. I hate public skating but it is all I can do for now so I will make due with it.

I bought one of those lace tighteners yesterday and it did the trick to tighten my skates with one hand. All I had to do after they were tight was to tie a bow which i could do okay. Yep the whimpy lace tightener trick ... it worked great.

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I ruptured by bicep tendon when I was 40, did it moving a steel door. Mine was work related so it was easier for me to decide on my outcome, also, it was my right arm. I had the surgery and never regretted it. According to my surgeon, if I had not had the surgery I would have lost about 30% of the strength in my arm and there would be a substantial difference in size between my left and right arm. Having a family, numerous horses, hockey and way too many other things going on in my life, a 30% loss in the use of my arm didn't seem such a great option. After recovery, I'd say I'm at about 90 - 95% strength and I lost about 15% range of motion, I had to get tested since it was a comp. issue. Plan on 5 - 6 months for recovery, I was two months in a cast and splint, and then therapy. If I had to do it again, I'd go the same route.

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I ruptured by bicep tendon when I was 40, did it moving a steel door. Mine was work related so it was easier for me to decide on my outcome, also, it was my right arm. I had the surgery and never regretted it. According to my surgeon, if I had not had the surgery I would have lost about 30% of the strength in my arm and there would be a substantial difference in size between my left and right arm. Having a family, numerous horses, hockey and way too many other things going on in my life, a 30% loss in the use of my arm didn't seem such a great option. After recovery, I'd say I'm at about 90 - 95% strength and I lost about 15% range of motion, I had to get tested since it was a comp. issue. Plan on 5 - 6 months for recovery, I was two months in a cast and splint, and then therapy. If I had to do it again, I'd go the same route.
Wow I guess that worked out well for yourself then.

I am so happy right now with how it is healing. TODAY makes one week ago I injured it and it went from small popeye looking bicep that shriveled up just lifting a pencil to how it is today which is quite good. Here is a picture of it today and I am actually flexing the bicep with very little discomfort.

It amazes me how quickly and versatile the human body is. The way it was before I actually felt dizzy looking at it as it looked so bad.



I can place my arm almost straight down now without much discomfort, I really think I got off lucky with mine.

I am very happy that your surgery went well for you .... I am certainly going to change my game a bit and start acting my age when I play. I'll let the young guys run around and get physical. It is obvious that the older we get the easier it is for this sort of injury to happen.

I fully expect to not play again for a few months but at least the healing is going good. I will spend plenty of time strengthening it and stretching it.

When I blew apart my hamstring a decade ago I missed 6 months and I already expected that from this one.

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Yeah, you will be fine. I think you got lucky that it was injured just right (haha, I know) to heal quickly and easily. Count your blessings on that one.

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Wow I guess that worked out well for yourself then.

I am so happy right now with how it is healing. TODAY makes one week ago I injured it and it went from small popeye looking bicep that shriveled up just lifting a pencil to how it is today which is quite good. Here is a picture of it today and I am actually flexing the bicep with very little discomfort.

It amazes me how quickly and versatile the human body is. The way it was before I actually felt dizzy looking at it as it looked so bad.

I can place my arm almost straight down now without much discomfort, I really think I got off lucky with mine.

I am very happy that your surgery went well for you .... I am certainly going to change my game a bit and start acting my age when I play. I'll let the young guys run around and get physical. It is obvious that the older we get the easier it is for this sort of injury to happen.

I fully expect to not play again for a few months but at least the healing is going good. I will spend plenty of time strengthening it and stretching it.

When I blew apart my hamstring a decade ago I missed 6 months and I already expected that from this one.
I'd still advise getting it checked out by an orthopedist quickly.

There's a window of roughly 10-14 days from the time of a tendon rupture until the point where irreparable atrophy sets in. A few years back, Justin Harrell of Tennessee actually had the trainers unroll the muscle and basically place the tendon to the point of its natural attachment (through the skin, we're talking), secure it with tape, and put a brace the size of my leg on it so he could play one more game.

A tendon differs from a ligament as it pertains to wear in the sense that a ligament would either need sustained trauma to tear completely or a sudden unnatural force applied in a manner that would stretch it dramatically. For example, a UCL can tear if a pitcher throws a few thousand curveballs over a span of years, or a football player can tear his ACL through one low hit from an angle.

In the case of a tendon, it can only take a very small (dare I say "normal) amount of force to cause a frayed tendon to rupture. It may be fine today and it may be fine tomorrow, but you could do something as simply as pull up on a faucet to wash your hands and completely rupture it.

No orthopedist who's worth a damn is going to recommend unnecessary surgery; get it checked out. If he says you'll be fine with rest, no big. It's a lot better to hear that than "I wish you'd gotten here sooner; now you're looking at permanent damage".

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I'd still advise getting it checked out by an orthopedist quickly.

There's a window of roughly 10-14 days from the time of a tendon rupture until the point where irreparable atrophy sets in. A few years back, Justin Harrell of Tennessee actually had the trainers unroll the muscle and basically place the tendon to the point of its natural attachment (through the skin, we're talking), secure it with tape, and put a brace the size of my leg on it so he could play one more game.

A tendon differs from a ligament as it pertains to wear in the sense that a ligament would either need sustained trauma to tear completely or a sudden unnatural force applied in a manner that would stretch it dramatically. For example, a UCL can tear if a pitcher throws a few thousand curveballs over a span of years, or a football player can tear his ACL through one low hit from an angle.

In the case of a tendon, it can only take a very small (dare I say "normal) amount of force to cause a frayed tendon to rupture. It may be fine today and it may be fine tomorrow, but you could do something as simply as pull up on a faucet to wash your hands and completely rupture it.

No orthopedist who's worth a damn is going to recommend unnecessary surgery; get it checked out. If he says you'll be fine with rest, no big. It's a lot better to hear that than "I wish you'd gotten here sooner; now you're looking at permanent damage".
I agree 100% with getting it checked out, it'll take an MRI to determine what damage may have occurred. I thought my arm was okay when I did it too, except for the bruise that went from my elbow to my wrist. I went into the company nurse because I didn't understand why I had this huge bruise from what I thought was a minor injury. She pointed to a lump on the side of my bicep and told me that the lump was the ruptured tendon wadding up and promptly got me an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon.

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Well thanks for the advice, if it does need surgery I do not have the money nor the insurance for it anyway.

That is just the way it is. All I can do is hope it will be okay honestly.

EDIT: Also I should add that in my nonprofessional opinion that the tendon isn't torn. I say this because now that it has healed a bit I can feel exactly where the damage is and it seems to mainly be on the bicep muscle part.

While it is sore on the bicep I can do things already like lift my laptop computer using that bicep. It really feels like it will be okay to me. I will not rush back to playing hockey and still expect a 4 - 6 month break from it to condition and strengthen it first.

Seriously though thank you for the input, no details are too small to hear from others who have had similar problems.


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I had a torn biceps tendon and just had my surgery 4/20/09. It's an easy surgery and it works wonders. I highly recommend having the surgery. If you don't the pain will always be there, 2 months later I'm already surfing etc.

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Yeah actually ... I am healing incredibly fast. I am stickhandling at home in the bedroom rigorously, I am also taking half slapshots without any discomfort.

My next step is to set up my regulation sized goal cage I have in the backyard to practice shooting and trying to simulate hard passing.

It has been about 3 weeks and I feel incredibly a lot better. The only pain I am getting now is the day after light exercise. I can lift about 6 dinner plates with it now without that torn pain I had before.

I did notice after lifting a shopping cart yesterday that it feels weaker than my right one but the doctor told me I would lose a percentage of strength in that bicep naturally and it was expected.

I have a full range of motion with no pain unless it is stretched out completely extended like reaching straight out behind me.

The main thing for me is nothing used for shooting pucks or passing seems to be an issue. I feel a little twinge still if something happens like I drop something and try to save it kind of unplanned jerky motion. It isn't pain but instead a twinge I guess you would call it.

I am extremely happy at how it feels at this point and feel like I am way ahead of schedule in healing. I won't come back and play hockey too soon however. I will absolutely make sure I am healed enough to play hockey before I do again.

The pain or twinge I feel is in the bicep and not where the tendons are thankfully. The main tendon on the inside arm portion of the bicep at first was sore but now is great. I can feel it and it feels attached lmao.

But seriously everything feels good and there isn't anything besides how the bicep looks smaller that screams at me "Oh my God this is awful". It seems coinsidering what happened to be normal again for the most part.

Everyday it gets a little better and a little less feeling like there is damage. I figure in another month it shoud feel normal again.



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I had a torn biceps tendon and just had my surgery 4/20/09. It's an easy surgery and it works wonders. I highly recommend having the surgery. If you don't the pain will always be there, 2 months later I'm already surfing etc.
I would have found a way to get a surgery if I had torn or ruptured the tendon. The post title is a little misleading at this point because it has healed enough for me to know I tore the bicep. At first it seemd like the tendon was an issue but everything was loose and traumatized and looked badly for a the first few days. The Ortho doc on the phone in the ER described the possible scenarios from what the ER doctor told him it looked like. While I have not seen an Ortho guy I do feel comfy in knowing it is healing right.

The Ortho guy on the phone while in the ER with the ER doc said it would heal leaving a small flat spot in between where the tendon attaches and the bicep and the bicep would appear smaller and look like a Popeye bicep. That has happened as he said but the bicep is still pretty big, it isn't like it rolled up or anything out of the way like it is unattached from the tendon or bone. He also said many people opt to not have surgery and leave it as a weaker bicep but functioning as a normal bicep. He clearly stated that some people do not require surgery and that some guy making a living playing hockey may want to do it that some guys especially my age at soon to be 41 may just want to let it hel and go with that.

I went with leaving it as is and letting be a normal but smaller weaker bicep. Normal meaning I can do anything else anyone else can do but it will be weaker. Strengthening it with small weights will serve me well now.

When I first did it the thing acted weirdly and scared me honestly until it started to heal and I could tell how it was going to be. hard to explain on here but I knew it was going to be okay in only a way you can physically feel yourself.

I mean it wasn't even 2 weeks and I could lift things like a plate of food and now one week after that I can lift 6 empty dinner plates easily without pain.

Considering my terriblke hamstring injury 15 years ago and being on crutches for 2 months and not playing hockey for 6 months this seems a lot easier to deal with.

It is also on my left arm and I am right handed so things have been very easy to deal with while healing.

It will be my bottom hand on the hockey stick and with just the small amount of puck shooting I have done already I can tell that muscle won't be a factor in shooting pucks normally again. it feels excellent when shooting snapshots and half slappers. I feel no difference than from before the injury.

The injury happened by hyper extension and trying to stop a player from skating away as I was skating into the corner for the pu8ck he had there. it was freakish in nature and not like lifting something too heavy and rupturing a tendon.

hard to describe really but the muscle gave out more than anything else thankfully for me. Everything is still attached but there is a pocket I can lie my finger in on bicep where the main pain was ... where the muscle tore.

I really honestly believe everything is okay as it can be. I am sure surgery could be done but it would involve cutting the bicep and reattaching it which it has done by itself honestly. The tear has healed for the most part already.

I know right now is the window of easily reinjuring it if I come back too soon to play though. I know I feel good enough to shoot and pass but it would be the fighting for the puck things or some guy grabbing my arm on the way by that would do me in at this point.

The bicep needs more time to get strong again and fully heal with whatever scar tissue it will have as a repair.

But yeah to answer you guys who care it feels great right now and it feels like it is not injured while at home. This includes pulling on a railing while running up stairs. it feels good there for example.

it feels like I got away with what could easily have been seriously a lot worse.


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Well okay then ... I made a couple of videos to show my progress. I laid out a plank of wood to shoot pucks off of into my goal cage I throw in the pickup truck and bring to outdoor rinks or pond ice etc.

Um ... yeah it is dented up pretty badly and held together by screw repairs and stuff but it serves a purpose still. She's got a lot of miles on her.

Notes about the video ... I am NOT shooting full tilt and as hard as possible. In the second video I am shooting pretty hard but still not as hard as usual. Close but not quite and that was done on purpose.

This was a field test to see how it feels and was the first time I shot pucks since I injured it.

The other thing to note is that the stick is a cheap CCM woody I bought at Walmart on clearance for $7 .... I bought several of them actually and now that I have switched to composites I have a few of these as backups I guess. I painted the blade black and blue to match the shaft. It says JOE THORNTON on it lol .... I doubt he uses a cheap plywood shafted wood stick.

I wanted to use something I would not ruin in the yard and for this purpose of testing the bicep with real pucks did not care what damage from wear happened to the blade.

Also this isn't a show off video so discussing mechanics and this and that ... well honestly this wasn't for that. It was to show the progess made and to test different shooting muscles. I shot some backhanders too but did not film those, they also felt pain free and were very good ones.

I am going public skating again today (Sunday) and will not be playing hockey for another couple of weeks or more.

I can say however I was COMPLETELY pain free in these two videos and was extremely pleased with the progress. The reason I won't play yet is not the worry of more injury from shooting but instead the guy grabbing my arm from behind while I am skating by him and hyperextending it again. I doubt it is ready for that yet and quite frankly why chance it yet.

A couple of wrist shots, different types to see how the muscle feels and then half slapshots not very hard to gauge where I am at .... in video number 1



Now video number 2 I am shooting a little harder and have put the digital camera on the top of the car. A couple of these I torqued pretty good and was almost shooting as hard as I can but not quite yet.



I took a picture of the progress.

The bicep on the left arm which is on the right in the photo since it is reversed obviously is the damaged one. You can see a flat spot and a different look to the bicep. I must admit it looks better in the photo than it does in person in 3D.



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Well this friday night is the big night to get back on the ice in a recreational pickup game and not in a league game.

I took the pregame skate with my team this past Tuesday night as it was my first on ice time with a stick in 4 weeks and the bicep felt fine UNTIL shooting a hard wristshot from the blueline. I did not feel pain but I felt a twinge I guess you would call it , a twinge that said it is not completely healed yet even though it feels like it is.

So with that i need another 3 weeks of not playing seriously. I will miss 3 more weeks of my team games and in the meantime play some pickup hockey which equates to playing shinny hockey. The guy renting the ice told me to just take it easy and skate around and do whatever. We'll be throwing sticks in the middle to pick teams and stuff.

I am paying ahead for another 3 weeks with those guys who are all about my age of 40 or so. That should be a good safe test bed and rehab place for me for 3 weeks to a month until I no longer feel that twinge. In the videos above I am shooting from not very far away from the goal cage so I did not notice anything. It was when i got on the ice and shot regular distances that I felt it.

passing hard and rinkwide backhand passes felt normal so that was good.

I am very happy to have taken the proper amount of time and not rush things with my regular team.

I am confident things are going about as planned, actually faster than i thought originally. I thought i would be out until october at the earliest and the end of december at the latest.

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Glad to hear that you're healing. It sounded like a very textbook partial tear. Let's say you were a bit lucky. I partially tore a tricep and it took 2-3 months to heal. Work on stretching and gradually doing more reps of low weight items.

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I assume you're applying heat to the area and stretching it a couple times a day. You going to physical therapy or anything like that? 7 weeks seems like a long time to recover from a partial tear.

You're following up with a doctor right?

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Hey hockeyfan86,

Glad to hear you're getting better. I guess since you're in America doctors aren't free but you should probably go see one and ask what he thinks you should do. Although you don't feel any pain, you could still be messing something up.

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