I have been doing my own research on this subject for some time. I have yet to find definitive answers to my specific questions.
I train with the number one armwrestler in the world Devon Larratt and our club in Ottawa. I am constantly trying to study and develop optimum training and recovery programs for the club. It is difficult because there has been nothing I have found that relate directly to what we do.
Basically, armwrestling strength boils down to tendon strength. Without going into the mechanics and techniques, it really is very reliant on this strength more than anything else.
Therefore the goal is to damage, inflame, lay collagen down and repair... (if I'm not mistaken).
I am looking for the most optimum and efficient way to do this.
My questions are:
1. I avoid glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM and NSAID's because of the anti-inflammatory propeties. If I understand correctly, tendons need inflammation in order to trigger the release of collagen. If the goal is strength and thickening of the tendons is avoiding these the right thing to do?
2. If my tendons are damaged from a good workout.. is the trigger to release collagen done one time (ie. right away) or is it done on a daily basis? For instance if it requires 100 units of collagen on day 1 of recovery, does it all get released right away or would it be relesed over time? My reason for asking this is... If it all gets released right away then I could in fact take anti inflammatories on day 2 if no more collagen is going to be released and commence with training earlier. Conversly, I would not take anti-inflammatories if collagen were still being released daily to strengthen tendons.
3. Are there any supplements to aid in releasing collagen or strengthening/repairing tendons?
4. Are static or dynamic type workouts the best for building tendon strength? Or a mixture of both?
The goal as stated is maximum strength and thickening of the tendons for purposes of armwrestling. Along with that is the optimum recovery process so we can do it all over again. I realize the goals are simple but the answers may not be. Any information that I can gather on this subject will be invaluable. Any reference materials (links) would also be an asset. Thank you for taking the time to read and offer suggestions/answers.
Ottawa High Hookers Armwrestling Club