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Old 12-24-2006, 12:52 AM   #1
Christopher Stevens
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My left shoulder (joint wise) feels terrible when I try to do overhead squats as per the warmup. I've also noticed that it grinds and pops slightly when I do pullups now. Not sure what the cause of it is although I suspect it is the pullups. Anyone have any advice??! Oh yeah, I'm 27 and have been doing crossfit for a little over a month. Thanks in advance.
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Old 12-24-2006, 08:17 AM   #2
Craig Van De Walker
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Christopher some home work for you,

Time to familiarize yourself with the search function, FAQ and exercise pages.

Look up "shoulder dislocates" you should be doing these daily and before every workout especially before doing OHS.

Read up on "active shoulders" keep shoulders up toward your ears when in the OHS position, don't let them come up to your ears when doing pullups. Basically what I try to do is to use my shoulder support muscles to resist where they would go if I relaxed them.

If these changes do not improve things you may want to seek out a PT for advice, but I bet this will help
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Old 12-24-2006, 12:29 PM   #3
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you can also look up "shoulder impingement" or "impingement" . There should be a fair amount that's relevant there.
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Old 12-24-2006, 01:15 PM   #4
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Have you had any previous shoulder injuries? How is your shoulder flexibility?

My shoulders have always had some crunching in them at a certain point when I rotate them - the doctor said it's not a problem if it doesn't 'cause pain.

Scar tissue from old injuries can also contribute to the 'crunchies' too.
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Old 12-26-2006, 01:51 PM   #5
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Thanks to everyone for the feedback. I have never had any prior shoulder injuries and I don't feel like I have adequate shoulder flexibility. I'm taking a few days off and will try to reacclimate myself to the wods on the cautious side.
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Old 01-05-2007, 06:22 PM   #6
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I have all kinds of catching in both shoulders due to old injuries. I have plenty of flexibility, but just need to spend a little extra time warming up before doing a shoulder intensive wod or lots of deep dips.
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