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Old 10-31-2009, 05:07 PM   #1
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I've been doing a strength routine lately and have noticed quite a bit of pain in my shoulders between workouts. I had assumed previously that it was due to heavy use (pressing, chins, BP), but turns out today I realized it's from squatting and the awkward downward pressure it places on my shoulders.

I do a LBBS and I point my elbows back to trap the bar (thumbs on the same side as my 4 fingers). I tried alternate thumb placement today but it did very little to alleviate the shoulder stress. Basically, with my shoulders torqued back somewhat for the required angle, the downward pressure is causing pain. It hasn't been prohibitive of yet to other work, but I don't want to leave it to get worse.

Anyone have suggestions for dealing with this? It could at least partially be a flexibility issue, but it seems that even with better flexibility it can't be great having downward torginol pressure on those joints nonetheless.
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Old 10-31-2009, 06:10 PM   #2
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This is more or less the reason for cambered bars.
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Old 10-31-2009, 06:19 PM   #3
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Put the bar where it belongs and watch as the pain vanishes.
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Old 10-31-2009, 06:33 PM   #4
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Couple of questions.

Did you do, or are you still doing a lot of overhead stuff in a sport like baseball or volleyball?

Do you work at a desk all day?

I know Cressey has written some stuff about baseball players, tennis players, volleyball players etc. having trouble with standard back squats and needing to either front squat or use a cambered bar or safety squat bar.
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Old 10-31-2009, 09:07 PM   #5
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Patrick: Thanks for stopping by.

Derek: I don't do any kind of overhead sport, but I surely do work at a desk all day.
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Old 10-31-2009, 09:50 PM   #6
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Move your hands out.
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Move your hands out.
You know, I was just thinking about this this morning and thinking it might be a solution. I have pretty long limbs so I may need to grab the bar closer to the plates to alleviate some of the shoulder stress. Will give this a shot.
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Old 11-01-2009, 08:33 AM   #8
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Do your shoulder mobility work (to get better flexibility/mobility).

Short term solution is to move the hands out, yeah.
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Old 11-02-2009, 08:24 AM   #9
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Also being longer limbed I have had to find a happy compromise between shoulder pain and getting the most tight compact fit I can under the bar. Play with it and find a comfortable position. My new adjustment is to work the bar a little higher to try and achieve a more upright position. For me it seems squatting is always a work in progress.
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Old 11-02-2009, 01:18 PM   #10
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Put the bar where it belongs and watch as the pain vanishes.
Are you advocating a specific different position (HBBS?) or simply pointing out that ideal grip width and angle varies and can sometimes be "felt" better than learnt?
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