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Old 09-09-2008, 05:31 AM   #1
Brian Solar
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Shoulder pain

I've gotten a shoulder pain in my left shoulder after doing many muscle-ups day after day after getting my first one. It hurts every time I do power cleans or dips now and has not gotten better. It has been about 2 weeks now. Do you suggest that I rest it or just train through it? Thanks for any help.
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Old 09-09-2008, 06:30 AM   #2
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Re: Shoulder pain


Aren't you a week or so into SS? If you are lifting heavy 3x a week then I don't believe that you should be doing muscle ups every day. You may be overtaining ... ??

Stick to SS, if that's your aim: lift, eat, sleep ... repeat.
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Old 10-04-2008, 03:46 PM   #3
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Re: Shoulder pain

Hi, Brian;

How is your shoulder doing now?

I used to get a bad shoulder pain whenever I lifted heavy with cleans and/or thrusters.. the pain would not go completely away unless I rested the shoulder and didn't do any overhead lifts..

Having just recently started up again with CrossFit, the old injury came back again last weekend. My shoulder pain starts around where the clavicle meets the shoulder bone (sorry, don't know the correct name!) and the pain extends down into my upper bicep with certain movements.

My coach showed me some rehab movements that has been helping with my recovery. His name is Andrew Swartz at the Vancouver CrossFit (

The movement is to hold the injured arm out in front of you at a 90 degree angle, kind of like you're making a cyclist's "right turn" signal, but with your arm in front of the shoulder, not out to the side..

Keeping that position, move your shoulder forward, up, back (move the shoulder blade toward the middle of your back), and down again without bringing your elbow out.

Hope that's useful, and I hope the injury has resolved itself..


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Old 10-10-2008, 05:28 AM   #4
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Re: Shoulder pain

I was going to post a similar question. Dips/muscle ups and any type of shoulder press give me a considerable amount of pain. Pushups always seem fine. Many people have told me that dips can put a lot of stress on the shoulder joint but who really knows.

I gave them up for months and I go back today to do them for the first time in a while.
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