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Old 02-13-2013, 02:49 PM   #1
Scotty MacDougall
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Shoulder and Elbow Rotation Going Overhead

Hi everyone,

I also posted this in the other "non-injury" section because I am not sure what this falls under - injury, lack of mobility, a combination of the two, or something different.

Anyway, I was wondering if anyone had any advice on an issue that happens when I go overhead with my left arm, and this only happens with my left arm/shoulder.

I start out the process of going overhead with my elbows in front. In the process of going overhead with my left arm, my elbow is forced out, so that the elbow position that was originally in front of my body at the beginning of the press is at the side.

If I concentrate intensely, I can push my left arm up without giving into the pressure to force my elbow out. But, it takes a great deal of concentration. Moreover, it feels extremely tight in my scapula area and tricep when I do that.

Has anyone experienced anything like this or have any mobility exercises to help mediate this problem, considering it is a problem?

Thanks!
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:47 PM   #2
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Re: Shoulder and Elbow Rotation Going Overhead

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Hi everyone,

I also posted this in the other "non-injury" section because I am not sure what this falls under - injury, lack of mobility, a combination of the two, or something different.

Anyway, I was wondering if anyone had any advice on an issue that happens when I go overhead with my left arm, and this only happens with my left arm/shoulder.

I start out the process of going overhead with my elbows in front. In the process of going overhead with my left arm, my elbow is forced out, so that the elbow position that was originally in front of my body at the beginning of the press is at the side.

If I concentrate intensely, I can push my left arm up without giving into the pressure to force my elbow out. But, it takes a great deal of concentration. Moreover, it feels extremely tight in my scapula area and tricep when I do that.

Has anyone experienced anything like this or have any mobility exercises to help mediate this problem, considering it is a problem?

Thanks!
sounds like a loss of shoulder or glenohumerla motion. Shoulder stretching would be key and seeing a PT
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Old 02-25-2013, 08:21 AM   #3
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Re: Shoulder and Elbow Rotation Going Overhead

Scotty, are you talking about when you are pressing weight overhead or when you are reaching overhead without any weight? Maybe post a video? A lack of shoulder external rotation could be causing the problem. If you have trouble keeping your elbows in while lifting weight overhead it could be because your body is trying to get into the strongest position to get the weight overhead (I'm not sure why you want to keep your elbows toward the midline of your body)

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