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    I went to a practice CPAT and did some repeated practice on forcible entry where you are supposed swing a hammer at a target. I think I overdid it. My right arm has been hurting pretty bad for a week ever since. Feels like a strain. I've been icing the arm on and off for the first couple of days.

    Any advice on how to avoid this the next time around? This has put me out for a week, and I don't see it getting any better in the next couple of days. I had to postpone my CPAT.
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    Don't over do it in a practice... if you're ever going to OVER exert yourself, do it on test day. Ice/heat, stretch, and rest. Sounds like you need to train a bit more... get your body used to these types of movements and activities. If need be, go get some physical therapy.

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    Switch hands and see what happens!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptOldTimer View Post
    Switch hands and see what happens!
    Wish I could swing that thing from the left side. Unfortunately, I'm not left handed

    Now I have to wait another month to take the test while waiting for this arm to heal.

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    yup...what has been said above....remember too - mind over matter (or hurt) can get you to do things! One guy a few years ago during the FDNY CPAT actually broke his shoulder during the maze evolution (guess he slammed it in the framework).....however he finished and PASSED!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Polymer View Post
    Wish I could swing that thing from the left side. Unfortunately, I'm not left handed

    Now I have to wait another month to take the test while waiting for this arm to heal.
    In the fire service, one has to be ambidextrous. Learn to use the other arm or hand.
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    It's been 2 weeks already, although it has been better, the arm is still aching and in mild pain.

    I must have really done something to it. I missed the circle and hit the outer edge of the metal plating, and the impact just shot through my arm. I probably tensed up at the wrong time. Now my shoulder hurts when i raise my right arm, although completing a full range of motions with my arm isn't a problem.

    Maybe I shouldn't have held it that tight. I'm seeing a physician in a little bit.

    I've postponed my CPAT and it will be coming up pretty soon. I might have to postpone it again.
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    Maybe you should go to the doctor.

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    Sounds like nerve injury. Usual MINOR nerve injuries take 3 weeks for you to heal. Is the pain near a joint or around muscle area?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suppressor View Post
    Sounds like nerve injury. Usual MINOR nerve injuries take 3 weeks for you to heal. Is the pain near a joint or around muscle area?
    Yes, it is. It aches on and off depending if I'm picking up or pulling something. Feel it in my upper arm and more so my shoulders now, especially when I'm raising my arm up and down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Polymer View Post
    Yes, it is. It aches on and off depending if I'm picking up or pulling something. Feel it in my upper arm and more so my shoulders now, especially when I'm raising my arm up and down.
    Sounds like a rotator cuff... go to the doc man. No MRI's available on this forum...

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