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marka last won the day on May 16

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About marka

  • Birthday 01/01/1970


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    Mako M8
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    True XCore
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    QRL Pro
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    Bauer Re-Akt 200
  • Pants
    Easton Pro 15
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    Reebok 11k
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    CCM Ultra Tacks
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    Warrior Pro

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    Youngstown, OH
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  1. marka

    Tendinitis help?

    Howdy, I would say a little more bent, yes. Trying to do it with knees vs. back, but it ends up with both. For sure a bit of an adjustment period, but after not playing for 3-ish months or whatever it was, there was an adjustment period anyway. Its about 6" shorter, btw. I notice it most in terms of reaching out for poke checks or to knock the puck down / keep it in the zone or something. I would say its also messed with how the flex of the stick feels to me. Hard to say if the lack of wrist pain is from the stick length, different knob, different wrist brace or just lots of rest. At this point I don't have much incentive to isolate each of those things to narrow it down. I'm just enjoying being able to play without my wrist hurting. My bigger focus is to see if I can get my wind back a little after months of doing nothing but "ref skating" Mark
  2. marka

    Tendinitis help?

    Howdy, So, the hard cast has come and gone. I can't say I'd recommend that... My wrist felt WAY worse coming out of the cast than it had going in. Holding my old joint in one position apparently let everything atrophy and degrade... Any sort of movement of the joint hurt. The only positive was that it hurt in different areas. Followed that up with a soft brace for 3 weeks or so. Some of the pain went away with time. For the last week of the soft brace I also started doing wrist exercises from the PT I'd done prior to the hard cast. Still hurt, still in places in/on my wrist that were different from before. Saw the doc again last Wednesday and we agreed that I should just start playing and see what it felt like. My hope was that the pain now is due to being in the cast but the pain from the tear would be healed up with all the rest. So played Friday and... No pain! Played the whole game without any twinges or anything else. Followed that up with a game last night and the same thing. I'm playing with a shorter stick, that large knob, and a shock doctor 824 3 strap wrist support. The wrist support isn't super bulky, but I like pretty tight gloves (14" QRL / QRL Pro), so I ended up buying a single right hand 15" Bauer glove on ebay and removing the back hand padding to get that to fit. So in terms of where I'm at today, its sorta the opposite of how this started out... My wrist (and now hand... Maybe from the big knob?) now ache some when I'm not playing hockey, but when I'm playing they feel fine. So... Progress! Mark
  3. Howdy, Depends. The short answer is to just do what the owners manual tells you to do. Actual engineers for the thing you're using almost always beat Google. Mark
  4. Howdy, Call / email them and ask? Are you continental US? Estimated shipping to me in Ohio is $15 on a pair of gloves. Mark
  5. marka

    Life changes

    Howdy, Glad you guys were able to move down there to spend time with your mom. Hoping things go as well as they can for you and her! And yeah, watch out for stray hurricanes. Mark
  6. Howdy, I mean, yeah, blue is better than red, but the purpose of either is still to stick the threads together and prevent them from backing out. If your goal is to stop corrosion, use a little oil on the threads, anti-seize, or a product designed to do that. Blue Loctite isn't that. Mark
  7. Howdy, If he loctite's the screw into the t-nut, it'll make it worse, not better. For the OP... you need to increase the friction between the t-nut and the helmet itself. You could maybe try using epoxy to glue the t-nut in place (let it fully dry before putting a screw into the t-nut, but mostly I would just go with "get to the back of the t-nut when it happens again". Mark
  8. marka

    The Venting Spot

    Howdy, No. Seems to be a "wear this brace and we'll check in 3 weeks" thing. I'm doing some stretching exercises this week to try and get some range of motion back, then I'll start doing some resistance band exercises. If I can get it back to at least what it was pre-cast, I'll play and try to just manage the pain. Mark
  9. marka

    The Venting Spot

    Howdy, I certainly didn't expect my wrist to feel WAY THE FUCK WORSE. Maybe unrealistic. I'm guessing the pain is from other things (ligaments / tendons / whatever) than the TFCC tear, just because they've been immobile for so long. Still sucks. Mark
  10. marka

    Two Different Size Skates

    Howdy, That screams "wear a thicker sock" etc. to me. Mark
  11. marka

    The Venting Spot

    Howdy, Per my wrist tendinitis thread where it turned into actually being a TFCC Tear, I've been in a cast for just under 4 weeks. Got it off today. Was hoping maybe I'd be playing pickup tomorrow. Uh... No. Another 3 weeks in a brace and even if that wasn't the Dr. recommendation my wrist feels like pounded shit. Crazy, CRAZY stiff and sore when its flexed beyond what the cast allowed. Going to work on gentle stretches for a while and then hopefully wrist exercises if the stretching helps, but apparently I won't be playing any time soon. Mark
  12. marka

    1/2" hockey tape?

    Howdy, That looks great, but I wasn't able to find anyone selling it in the US? Mark
  13. marka

    1/2" hockey tape?

    Howdy, When I didn't get much response, I ordered finger tape from Amazon. I got the .3" version the other day and its pretty narrow... Not sure if its too narrow or not. Otherwise it seems roughly equivalent to hockey tape. Because I thought it would be a little too narrow, I then ordered some actual 1/2" athletic tape. Should be here today. Unfortunately my wrist is casted up at the moment, so I can't actually do a knob and go try either out immediately. Mark
  14. marka

    Referee equipment

    Howdy, Pro Hockey Life in Vaughan Mills north of Toronto is the biggest hockey store I've ever been in. No clue on what they have in stock for ref equipment however. https://www.prohockeylife.com/pages/store-vaughan-mills-ontario?utm_source=Organic Search&utm_medium=LSS Mark
  15. marka

    1/2" hockey tape?

    Howdy, Are there any sources for 1/2" hockey tape? I want to use that for knobs on sticks. Tearing 1" tape always leaves sticky thread hangers / whatever. I haven't found any hockey tape that's 1/2", but I have found 'finger tape' for rock climbing that looks to be 1/2" athletic tape... Same thing basically? Or do I just need to suck it up? Mark