i apologize in advance for this short post. the topic doesn’t need a five-page elaboration, so brevity works best.
my fellow blogger michael recently wrote about his neck pain. pain is pretty commonplace with pool players; most of us have experienced back, arm, leg, or shoulder pains just from playing pool. coupled with the likelihood that pool players don’t typically exercise, the pain can become chronic that may require the use of the same. 😛 (kidding!)
sometime back i wrote about my shoulder pains. but now i’ve switched to the more relaxed natural swing, my shoulder doesn’t bother me anymore. i think with my old form, i was placing too much stress on my body, and the pain was my shoulder telling me i was doing something stupid. fortunately, i now have a decent form that doesn’t cause me needless stress. if you have aches and pains from playing pool, by all means go see a doctor. (chiropractors can also help, but since they’re not real doctors i will not rely only on their treatment/advice.) however, check your form at the table to see if your stance/bridge/stroke is giving you pain. and for goodness’ sake, don’t just slam painkillers as a way to cope. your body may be telling you important things; you should at least get it checked out.
this is off the topic, but i continually feel blessed that i am close enough to my fave PH where i could visit it whenever i wish. just the other day they had the monthly sunday tournament with added money. the first sunday tournament is famous around socal and attracts players from as far as san diego. i walked in, and got to see parica playing morro paez in one of the matches for free. on the front table, santos was messing around with some folks, just shooting and chatting away. louis ulrich was also playing. i didn’t see oscar or ernesto, but they are regulars at this tournament. where else are you going to see that kind of pool?
yeah, i’m a lucky bastard. 🙂