Yesterday was my first day back to practice in more than a week. As much as I love to practice, and sitting around all day with a splint on your wrist could win the "most boring thing on earth" award, my hand definitely needed the rest. I arrived at practice a few hours early so our trainers could take a look at my hand and put me through some strength tests to prove I was pain free and ready to return to practice. The tests aren't really that complex. It is actually pretty similar to an arm wrestling competition. They take my hand and put it into all different positions while yanking as hard as they can to see if anything bothers me. I passed all of their tests and was allowed to suit up and participate in most of our drills. I was allowed to field and throw, but I'm not allowed to hit until tomorrow. We wanted to make sure my hand didn't hurt from any of the other activities before I receive the green light for hitting. After practice my hand felt great and I'm looking forward to the real test tomorrow of hitting. I feel pretty confident that I shouldn't have any problems with it.
I received some questions over the past week about what type of stuff I was allowed to do while I was in my splint for the seven days. The answer to that question is, nothing. Well, almost nothing. I was allowed to work on my cardio, but that mostly only consisted of riding a stationary bike. They really wanted to make sure that I put absolutely zero stress on my hand for seven days. I stretched a lot, did core workouts, and got lower body lifts in (squats, lunges, leg curls). Other than that I wasn't really allowed to do anything. Below are a few pictures of my normal routine for the past week once I got home from practice, just to make sure I didn't injury myself anymore than I already had.