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John Parsons

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John Parsons

Hello,

Just a quick question, after some babble.

I have had the book for awhile now and slowly going through the exercises. The issue i have is that a few years ago I broke my collar bone in a cycling accident. It was a big break and not set correctly. half an inch or so overlap now.

What it means is that my flexibility is limited on that side.

I have horrible back flexibility which i am slowly correcting as well but i do not believe my left arm will ever get to the needed range for a correct handstand.

I have been doing wall handstands and HeS pushups, though my back is very arched and putting a bit of pressure on my lower back.

Is it wise to continue working on handstands knowing i can never do them with proper form or is there another exercise i should do?

Thanks alot guys

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Razz

The only answer I can give is: how the hell do you know you will never have correct form? If I were you I'd keep striving to eventually one day achieve good form. :D

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Blairbob

Keep working shoulder mobility and learn how to hollow your HS in your lower back.

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John Parsons

I have been working flexibility regularly and my right shoulder has improved though the left has not.

As i was in the middle of nowhere when it happen the arm was just in a sling so the bone has fused with my shoulder hunched forward. My left arm is also a bit shorter now. I'm quite sure it will not get there without a break and reset. Not going to happen.

I had planned on continuing working on flexibility. But are dodgy handstands going to have negative effects.

Should I maybe not do them until flexibility is closer?

maybe i'll just start on one arms now :wink:

Thanks again

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Cole Dano

Have you tried working with a trainer of any kind? When there is some kind of major mechanical disfunction of the body it really needs a trained eye to look at and work with. No internet forum can give you that. A good yoga teacher may be the easiest resource to find, but a gymnastics coach or even a good PT are also options.

The hard part is finding some one who is good and can adapt the work to your body issues. It could take some trial and error, but if you find some one stick with them for awhile and invest some time and money into sessions with them.

Any thing else and its throwing darts in the dark.

@Razz- A mis-set bone (esp. clavicle) will not fix itself, John P clearly needs to seek professional guidance, there's a time and place to be a cheerleader.

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Razz

Mr. Brady what I was trying to say was: don't give up, one day he may be able to get good form, whether that be through working with a teacher or by himself I don't know.

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John Parsons

Mr Brady, no I haven't seen any specialist. but that is a good idea. It never really posed a problem until i got the book and found things i wanted to do and inevitably couldn't.

Where I am at the moment there is no gymnastics so I may chase up a yoga teacher.

Thanks for the idea.

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Joshua Naterman

.5 inch overlap?!?! WOW. I definitely second the thought of you seeing a specialist. An X-ray will certainly clear up just how bad it is, but you really will benefit from a break and proper re-setting of the bone. Sure, you'll be out for 2 months or so, but you'll make up that time quickly and in the meantime there's quite a lot you can do, like squatting work and lower body flexibility. As much as it sucks, I would personally go for the re-break. Besides, that's pretty hardcore and awesome. In my opinion. :D

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John Parsons

All that pain again? deliberately?? i'll wait until i crash again it happens enough.

Can't really afford to miss time off work. It would be smart to reset but just not feasible at the moment

as i said the only problem i have with it, despite looking lopsided, is the handstands.

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