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Old 10-09-2012, 06:09 PM   #5
Willson Doug
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Originally Posted by Doug Emerson View Post
I tore my bicep off of the bone this past weekend I am so bummed. 43 years old at the company picnic and tear my freaking bicep tendon trying out a stupid portable rock climbing wall.

Anyways I'm supposed to have surgery next Tuesday to reattach it. Has anyone gone through this? The doc said I should / could be back to normal in 6 to 8 months. I'm just bummed that I'll have to take a lot of time off from training. I know I can work on legs and core, but the thought of no upper body is a bummer.

Thanks for readin my sob story
I am new to the forum and have just read your post regarding your bicep injury. I suffered the same injury about 10 years ago in a work related accident. My lower bicep was torn completely off of the bone. I had surgery the next day. I am 55 years old and competed back in the 1970's when I was in high school. I wasn't olympic lifting when I ruptured my bicep but I have started again about 1 year ago.

I can't remember how long my recovery took but I remember my surgeon telling me that if anything the muscle attachment to the bone would actually be stronger than before. The problem that can possibly arise that can affect olympic lifting is range of motion in the lower arm due to the muscle being a little shorter. This can possibley affect whether or not you can grip the bar when you have it racked on your shoulders in the clean position. It's difficult to explain but I'll try.

Hang your arm straight down at your side. Raise you lower arm until it is parallel with floor. Your arm should now form a 90 degree angle at the elbow. Rotate your hand so the palm is facing up. Do this with both arms. Now rotate your hands trying to have them facing palms down. (At this point in my case my lower arm will not rotate as far as my uninjured arm.) From this this position raise your arm until it is where it would be if you had the bar racked on your shoulders at the completion of the clean. This should tell your if you can hang onto the bar in the proper position.

In my case my lower arm just barely rotates enough to maintain a grip on the bar with my elbows nice and high. It actually hurts a little. I find that my grip width is critical. A little bit too wide or narrow and my arm hurts too much. I am constantly trying to figure out that perfect grip width because it is always a little uncomfortable. I put the bar on the squat racks with some weight on it, grab the bar and push up against it with my elbows nice and high (rack position of the clean) then I start moving my grip around to find the sweet spot. It always hurts a little and I look for where it hurts the least. Apparantly stretching exercises won't help this because (in my case) the whole muscle/tendon structure is a little shorter. The tendon was thread through 2 holes in the bone of the lower arm and tied off, or something like that, it's a long time ago and I can't remember exactly how the surgeon explained it.

Thats just my experience and hopefully yours won't affect your lifting at all. Best of luck.

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