Hello, all! I have a question about the effects of hypertrophy on my left (dominant) side and some injuries that I think may be the result of right-side weakness.
On and off since about two months after I started fencing, I have had distracting pain in my right wrist (always noticeable, but exacerbated by lifting heavy things or manipulating the joint). In addition, when I run to cross-train I experience a lot of soreness/tightness in my right shin, but not in my left, and occasional hip pain, almost always on the right.
I ran track and cross-country in high school, and have had serious running injuries before (including IT band problems on the left side and a pelvic stress fracture on the right). I have experienced less injury in my year of fencing than at any other point in my athletic life, but I can't help but notice all my aches and pains congregating on the right side these days.
I occasionally fence right handed, mostly to teach parry drills to beginners so as not to throw them off. I have not noticed any correlation between doing this and the pain reappearing, and I never remember an accident or action that aggravated the wrist once I start to feel the pain. Arthritis does run in my family, but I am only 20, am of normal weight for my size, and am in otherwise great health, so I don't know why it would be manifesting so early.
There is a noticeable difference between the muscle mass of my left and right forearms, and of my left and right quadriceps. This was not the case before I started fencing, but I have been told that it's normal for a fencer to be bulkier on the dominant side.
Any insight or suggestions? Things I should or shouldn't do? My mother is a doctor, but when I asked her she said I would probably be better off asking experienced fencers, since few non-fencers understand the sport or its common injuries. I'm a little scared to talk to my coach because I worry he'll want me to "take it easy" for a while. Anything you have to say would be enormously appreciated.