Now I’m not pretending that I’m not accident prone, I mean I do have quite a long page record at the hospital I’m sure, but I think this must be one the weirdest open water swimming injuries ever.
Whilst exiting Rydal lake after a great after work swim I just happened to hit my hand on a stone. Not sure how (I sort of fell over on the stones) and it didn’t really hurt at the time so I didn’t think much of it.
My fingers where quite cold and they had gone pastey white, which is quite normal for me, but I lost control of the end of my finger and just could not straighten it.
Weird, I thought. Even after my hands had warmed up, the end of my finger was well, just plain bent!
Apparently I had severed the tendon from the knuckle to the finger end, just like that!
It’s called Mallet finger.
Mallet Finger is apparently quite common in ball games and is, as my Doctor said ‘an injury that should be taken very seriously’, which I do … now!
It takes on average 6 – 12 weeks in a splint and lots of TLC to heal and I’m not even guaranteed it will.
Lessons to take home (in your swimming kit bag) :
- If you damage your finger get to the A&E ASAP, the sooner it splints the better chance of recovery.
- Be very careful not to knock any of your limbs if you are cold
- Mallet finger is more common than you think. One of the women at our pool caused the same injury whilst in a rush to get changed.
So I ask you, Is this the weirdest open water swimming injury?