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Old 04-21-2011, 07:18 AM   #1
Greg Pellegrini
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Long Arms and Sore Shoulder

Hey guys,

First time posting on the message boards. I'm a college student who does Crossfit at my school's gym. It doesn't have all the equipment needed for Crossfit, but I try to make do with what they have.

Lately I've been having noticeable shoulder pain. I definitely notice it the most when trying to do cleans or snatches. I can't be 100% sure, but it feels like the rotator cuff, but it could easily be anything else. I have really long arms so I need wide grips on most of my lifts, but this usually tweaks my shoulder. I've gone through a lot of articles on the journal (and other sites) about shoulder strength and flexibility and it's almost too much information, I just don't know where to begin. I was hoping to get some feedback from fellow Crossfitters with similar issues.

Personally I think I need to invest in some PT bands and start stretching more. Thoughts?
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Old 04-21-2011, 08:56 AM   #2
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Re: Long Arms and Sore Shoulder

Stretching more almost never hurts, but it's not a great idea to stretch a muscle that's already injured.

Wouldn't hurt to put up a video of your form. Cleans and snatches are pretty explosive, so bad form can put a good amount of impact in the wrong place.

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Old 04-23-2011, 02:48 PM   #3
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Re: Long Arms and Sore Shoulder

How long are your arms, (wingspan), compared to your height?
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Old 04-24-2011, 09:30 AM   #4
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Re: Long Arms and Sore Shoulder

I have really long arms too, narrowing your grip and reducing the weight always helped me.
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Old 04-25-2011, 08:01 AM   #5
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Re: Long Arms and Sore Shoulder

I'm 6'1 and my wingspan is a good few inches longer than my height. I can post an exact length if I can find some measuring tape haha.
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Old 04-25-2011, 12:03 PM   #6
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Re: Long Arms and Sore Shoulder

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I'm 6'1 and my wingspan is a good few inches longer than my height. I can post an exact length if I can find some measuring tape haha.
You sound like me. 6'1" with a 6' 4" wingspan.
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