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DwinBRONZE Member
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Hello everybody! I have just started staff twirling but I got straight ahead some problems.

After twirling for half an hour my wrists are already hurting so badly that I have to stop. I am just afraid that my wrists are too weak and I will only get muscle infection or something. Could there be something wrong wiht my twirling technic? Did you have this kinds of problems when you began twirling ? If so tell me what you did for it!

Could it be also possible that it will just get better when I twirl more and more and then some day I can just twirl for hours and hours wiht out any problems?

Thank you for all your answers!

(Sorry my English isn't that good but I think you got the point of this topic).

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Warm UP first! and then warm down after spinning. This means do exercises before you start to loosen up the joints, such as gently circling the wrists, elbows and everything else. Take it gently and slowly, you don't need to spin fast or make any jerky movements. And you won't get a muscle infection.

Slowly build the length of each sesion and the pace, let your wrists adapt, don't strain yourself.

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Leaf is right, your body isnt used to the movements your wrists are making yet, so its best to warm up, stretch and rotate your joints, and do the same after as a cool down

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Bender_the_OffenderGOLD Member
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get lighter sticks. this often means shorter sticks with thinner guage.
stretching noticeably reduces the chances of injury.
warmups reduces stiffness.
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BirgitBRONZE Member
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make sure you hold the stick comfortably, and don't tense up too much to begin with. If your hand is in a bad position to start with it'll hurt a lot.

Start with 5 min twirling 2 min break or something like that and build it up smile

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GnorBRONZE Member
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Warmups make a difference in some people and lighter sticks is a good idea too..

Some positions can strain your wrists easily weavesmiley

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When people first start with staffs they often are actually 'turning' the staff using their muscular effort. They are also trying to control it, stop it falling...increasing the total strain. As you get more confident and consistent in turning accurately at the centre of the staff, the speed will increase, the momentum takes over and you must LIGHTEN UP how hard you'hold' or 'turn' it. It eventually is pretty much pivoting IN your hand rather than you actively turning it.

and I agree with Gnor

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It may have something to do with technique.

In my experiance, when people first pick up a staff, they rotate the staff only half way before changin hands, which means that they're doing twice the work necessary.

Unfortunatly, I'm totally lame at describing hand motions... frown

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