I am also noticing the same effects. Posted by: jaws on Sep-23-12 10:41 PM (EST)
I had rotator cuff surgery years ago but my shoulder has never been the same. I was told by the surgeon that my shoulder would feel like it did before the tear. Not true.
But I have noticed that my shoulder aches more after paddling my rudderless kayaks. I can attribute it mostly to using sweep strokes to stay on course. It does not hurt during paddling but hours after paddling. I have tried taking anti inflammatories with limited results. Now i just paddle smarter and not harder as a partial cure. When dealing with weather cocking that could be corrected with a few sweep strokes I just drop the rudder or skeg. I know this will keep me out of the, "I never use a rudder or skeg club," but that is just something I will have to live with.
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