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Old 04-29-2008, 08:30 AM   #1
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Pain from Thrusters

Has anyone else had shoulder pain with thrusters? I usually don't have an issue, but when I went heavy yesterday I was getting some dicomfort. I watched the videos on technique and can't pin point anything wrong with my technique. Thoughts?
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Old 04-29-2008, 08:48 AM   #2
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Re: Pain from Thrusters

I had some discomfort before and the only thing I can come up with is that my shoulder muscles weren't developed and used to the amount of work I was making them do.

What I did was reduce the weight a little until I was comfortable and work with that for a few sets. Then bump the weight up 5-10lbs and see how that felt.


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Old 04-29-2008, 03:18 PM   #3
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Re: Pain from Thrusters

you have to be more specific;

i find any legitimate approach to 'thrusting' to end in some sort of pain. most recently, humid weather and 75 reps has torn the skin of the inside crook of my thumbs. grody.
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Old 04-29-2008, 08:52 PM   #4
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Re: Pain from Thrusters

Hey I'll chime in. I get pain on the top of my shoulder joint when holding the bar in front of my in a resting position. It's almost like the shoulder has to work too hard to stabilize the bar in front of my chest, especially as I bend into a squat and my torso bends. Like you I've been watching the technique videos and can't seem to pinpoint a problem, what I'm attributing it to is just a lack of strength in the joint. So I've been backing the weight off and trying to build more slowly.

If anyone has any suggestions I'd certainly be all ears.
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Old 04-29-2008, 09:10 PM   #5
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Re: Pain from Thrusters

you might have a lack of flexibility. when doing the front squat portion of the thruster your upper arm should be as close to paralell with the floor as possible. if your elbows start dropping then you will have to hold the weight with your arms/hands with a great deal of strain on your shoulders instead of the weight resting on your shoulders with your hands merely stabilizing it. This is what I find for myself, it usually is accompanied with wrist pain.
you might want video tape some and post to the digital coaching forum for a critique.

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Old 04-30-2008, 08:51 AM   #6
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Re: Pain from Thrusters

Jeff, what you're describing is the same thing I am having happen. I worked on technique with lighter weight yesterday and didn't have as much pain. I may try to video myself doing it to get some digital coaching.
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Old 04-30-2008, 09:39 AM   #7
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Re: Pain from Thrusters

I have a slight impingement in my right shoulder that was a little aggravated after the max weight thrusters, which was likely due to the form issue identified by Mike (#5).
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Old 05-01-2008, 03:47 AM   #8
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Re: Pain from Thrusters

Have you tried doing rotator cuff exercises?
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Old 05-01-2008, 09:04 AM   #9
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Re: Pain from Thrusters

I do rotator exercises frequently because I had shoulder trouble wrestling in college. However the pain isn't rotator cuff as much as joint. I worked on my form the last fews days with lighter weight and I'm not having any pain. Trying to keep my forearms from falling forward as much, and staying perpendicular to the ground. We'll see next time I go heavy.
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Old 05-05-2008, 09:36 AM   #10
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Re: Pain from Thrusters

I developed some mean knee pain doing thrusters.
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