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Sean Matsuda

Tricep Pain from High Pullups

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Sean Matsuda

Months ago my triceps started hurting from doing high pullups. I been doing regular pullups for years, but the pain came from attempting to pull higher (high pullups)

It's been months and the pain still activates a lot if I do pullups. It activates a little if I do straight arm pulling (front lever progressions) I can still do the training if I fight through the pain.

At one point I stopped doing all pulling work for 1 and a half week to recover. Went back to training and the pain came back gradually. Do you have a idea what type problem this is and why it's take so long to recover? All my other soreness/injuries in the past got healed in maximum 3-4 days, even when I messed my back with weighted squat to where I couldn't walk well and had to lay down for an hour, I healed in 3 days, but my triceps can't still hurts after 2 months? Just from high pullups??

 

What is the best way to fix it? I don't want to be forced to not train any pulling workout for a month or some crazy like that. Should I just put ice on my triceps?

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Alessandro Mainente

HI Sean, i had this many many years ago, 3 times... before beginning a structured work of GB. it is a functional overreaching syndrome.

Ice does nothing.

training against a problem does nothing.

in this case, a functional overreaching needs rest from all the pulling movements.

it took to me 6 months to heal completely.

 

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Sean Matsuda

 6 months...man this is disheartening. Just when I was getting motivated with Front lever progressions.

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Alessandro Mainente

This is why prevention and correct programming is much more important than ego. unfortunately, your enthusiasm leads to this, something I paid of myself many years ago. i have not longer made this error. no more.

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James O'Boyle

Hi Sean, 

Just to second what Alessandro has already said--I ran into this issue as well.  For me it was doing rings work.  Training ring dips, false grip and muscle up negatives when my tendons weren't prepared for it led to a case of triceps tendinosis (tendiNOSIS, not tendiNITIS), that took about 9 months of PT and basically starting from zero with all triceps work to heal.  

Thanks,

James 

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