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Old 08-22-2007, 05:09 PM   #1
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Strain? Tear?

Yet another injury.

I was doing cross pullouts for the first time and found after I was done that my right pectoral was hurting. Not too intense, but there. The pain is pretty much nonexistent now but it still hurts sometimes with tension. I iced it, but I am wondering what that was. A strain or something like that?

I think I know why it might have happened though. I have worked pullups a lot in comparison to pressing, so the lats might have been okay with going further in the cross but the pectorals were being forced to work too hard.
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Old 08-24-2007, 04:22 PM   #2
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Re: Strain? Tear?

Anyone? Anyone at all?
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Old 08-24-2007, 07:47 PM   #3
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Re: Strain? Tear?

I think if it was torn it would hurt with almost ANY tension at all, but if it's strained, when you start to put it under a decent load it'd start hurting. But I'm no doctor.
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Old 08-24-2007, 10:37 PM   #4
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Re: Strain? Tear?

Where does it hurt?
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Old 08-24-2007, 11:38 PM   #5
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Re: Strain? Tear?

It's pretty much healed by now, whatever it was, but the pain was around the middle of the pectoral. I still would be interested to know what it was, though. Might help in not letting it happen again.
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Old 08-25-2007, 07:38 PM   #6
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Re: Strain? Tear?

I too, am far from a doctor and unfortunately I'm starting my "Treatment of Athletic Injuries" class next week, BUT I am a rugby player... wait, that probably makes me a less reliable source doesnt it? Hmm...

Anyway, if it's healed in such a short amount of time, it was probably just a slight strain. As far as prevention goes, it may be a muscle imbalance as you suspect, or it could be a matter of form. I'm not sure how large a part the pecs play in pullups, but being a pulling motion I would imagine they act mostly as stablizers. Either way, work on strengthening your chest once its fully healed with wide pushups and dips to prevent future injury.
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Old 08-25-2007, 07:41 PM   #7
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Re: Strain? Tear?

Did some dips today and didn't feel a thing. Must have been a small issue. I'll be working dips more often now and try to get the pressing strength more on par with pulling.
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Old 08-26-2007, 09:29 PM   #8
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Re: Strain? Tear?

Your quick recovery implies a strain, pull or otherwise. Muscle ruptures, particularly pectoralis ruptures are pretty durned dramatic injuries that are excruciating.

Glad you're feeling better.

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