I injured my ring finger on my non-dominant hand a little while ago. It makes paddling (that is, gripping the paddle with my left hand) painful pretty quickly. I need to let it rest but also am training for a race in a month, so cannot go completely dormant. I’ve backed off paddling and any activity requiring much hand/grip strength, but I figure this will take a couple months to heal and dont want to be out that long. I have already tried modifying my grip, keeping my ring finger loose on the paddle, and hooking with my wrist to change the force vector, but this does not sufficiently un-load the finger and results in the same pain as regular paddling.
Does anyone know of a grip assist glove or hook that may be able to take most of the load off my hand? I’m thinking of something for the disabled, physical therapy/recovery, or the elderly. Like, maybe a glove with a stiff back that is pre-formed into a grip or loose-fist position?
I bought a weight lifting hook as a proof of concept and tried it out last night. It did not work for a couple reasons, but if it were modified it seems like it would work pretty well. I need to cut off one hook (so there is only 1 point of contact) and need to bend it about 45* so its perpendicular to the paddle shaft when pulling on the left side. But overall it worked, I was able to paddle with almost no grip. I’ll modify the hook tomorrow and give it another try this weekend, but its still not a great solution.
Ideally I think a hook very similar to the one i bought in the image below would work pretty well if there were only 1 hook, it had the correct angle so that it was perpendicular to the shaft, and centered in your palm so it naturally fit between your middle and ring finger.
This is for a kayak paddle so my hand can be semi-attached to the paddle (although its not uncommon for me to fall out once or twice a paddle, so being able to disconnect from the paddle with 10-20 seconds of work would be required)
Anyone seen something that may work for this purpose?