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Derek Simonds 04-02-2007 03:40 PM

Cracked Rib and Scapula Issue
Well just back from the doctor and unfortunately as I had thought I cracked a rib. Beauty of it there is nothing to do for it except ice and ibuprofen. I was hoping that the rib was out of place or something similar so that I wouldn't miss much mat time. I am guessing this is going to cut down on my actual rolling. I definitely still plan on going to class and doing the technical training I just will limit my grappling.

That sucked but while I was there I figured I would make the most of it and asked about a couple of other things. One of the issues is I have a slight curve in my spine between my scapula's. I showed the doctor and he went through a bunch of positional moves and one of the things he found was that when I stand straight he can put his hand under my left scapula and my right is flush with my rib cage. He told me that I might have a little scoliosis but you don't treat that as an adult. For the scapula he recommended that I load up on back work and he said really load up. He said your in great shape you just need to focus on your back. BTW he is a sports physician. I told him I already do PU's, deadlifts, BE's and bent over rows both BB and DB. He said I need to do more and he suggested adding in seated cable rows and really focusing on pulling the scapula's together.

For all the brainiacs here any suggestions for exercises or stretching? I am in the middle of the mass gain plan and don't want to change what I am doing so this would be in addition to not replacing. I really don't want to have to go to the YMCA to do cable rows, but I will if I have to. Let me know what you guys think.

Elliot Royce 04-02-2007 05:05 PM

scapular pushups and pullups

I also have found that cleans (or even just pulls from the floor) can help strengthen everything back there.

Derek Simonds 04-02-2007 06:14 PM

Elliot thanks for the scapula push ups verbiage. Doing a little googling produced this link which has a lot of information.


I am going to continue googling.

Mike ODonnell 04-02-2007 06:50 PM

Good healthy shoulder/scapula articles (Parts I, II and III) from Cressney

also a good lat article (to help stabilize the scapula)

Steve Shafley 04-02-2007 07:48 PM

Any of the "Kelso" shrug variations.

Bent over row shrugs.
Incline shrugs.
Shrug "down" while hanging from the pull up bar.
Shrug "up" while in the dip position.
Push up and or bench shrugs

Chris Forbis 04-03-2007 02:24 AM

The PM is going to cover all the exercises Shaf mentioned in next year's April 1st issue, titled "Righteous Traps."

Robb Wolf 04-03-2007 09:39 AM


Originally Posted by Chris Forbis (Post 8028)
The PM is going to cover all the exercises Shaf mentioned in next year's April 1st issue, titled "Righteous Traps."

Getting right on that one!


Bummer injury amigo! Ribs are tough to work around.

Derek Simonds 04-03-2007 11:04 AM

The more research I do the more shrugs and push ups come up.

I tried to do P/U last night that was a no go situps sucked worse so I passed on both.

Squats felt good. looks like I will get in a couple of focused weeks of lower body work.

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