Pulling a muscle or tendon

shutupandplay

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I'm sure most seasoned gym-goers had sustained at least an injury or two despite adopting the right posture and method of training, well, at least those that I know. But has anybody pulled a muscle or tendon? There's a distinct uncomfortable tugging feeling of the muscle when you stretch it. It's quite a weird feeling, definitely different from the common "neck sprain" sensation in a particular spot. I surmise that I sustained that injury when doing bench presses, and over-stretching the muscle when I had to lift it the bar a tad higher just to put it back in place. I don't see many guys having to lift the bar higher than is comfortable; they just settle at one notch below. For those who do, do you encounter the same problem? It took me two weeks of rest to completely recover from that disconcerting sensation/injury.
 

gosu_smurf

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what is your injury? a sprain on your shoulders?

If you really have to lift the bar a tad higher just to rack or de-rack the bar, then i suggest you make some changes to prevent this. you should be able to comfortably rack the bar without lifting it too high. Pushing the bar through those extra height can wreck your form and your shoulders, etc in the process.

Are u using a smith machine to bench press?? in that case maybe u should benching without the smith, you should be able to rack the bar easily on normal bench press racks. if you insist on a smith, get a spotter to help u with the racking and de-racking process.

the racking and de-racking of the bar during bench press arguably pose the largest risk injuries, so a spotter to help you in this would be best.
 
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Injuries do happen even among seasoned guys. When that happens you might have to resist the urge to train in a semi-recoverd state and wait for full recovery. Working out before full recovery risk further complications and besides, you might not be able to perform at your best.

How's your injury? Is it pain or some weird sensation in the joints..
 

kr3w

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what u got may not be over-streching but simply a result of bad form
 

prosu

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I don't see many guys having to lift the bar higher than is comfortable; they just settle at one notch below.
If u are not on the smith machine, i dont see how u would need to lift the bar higher than is comfortable. Just straighten ur arms and move the bar back to rack it back. If somehow, somehow, there is some difficulty in this, just change to a shorter/lower bench.
 

shutupandplay

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I've recovered after resting for two weeks, but now there is this "pulled nerve" feeling in my left shoulder everytime I do bench press...