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    Shoulder pain with hang clean

    I started adding the hang clean to my workout and the first day experienced a sharp pain in my right shoulder. I made sure that I was going light and using proper technique since this was my first time doing it. I was able to finish my working and the pain subsided by the next day. I tried it again a few days ago and experienced a dull pain in my right shoulder. It had been almost a week since the last time I did it so I'm not sure if it was residual pain or if this is just not a good move for me. Does anyone else have shoulder pain with the hang clean?
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    Those are tough on the rotator cuffs as I recall, it's a very explosive movement if done correctly. If your not used to them I'd stay light for a while and let your connective tissue and joints get acclimated.
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    Thanks. I'll give it another go in a couple if days. If the pain persists I may have to drop it.
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    Originally Posted by sbctech View Post
    I started adding the hang clean to my workout and the first day experienced a sharp pain in my right shoulder. I made sure that I was going light and using proper technique since this was my first time doing it. I was able to finish my working and the pain subsided by the next day. I tried it again a few days ago and experienced a dull pain in my right shoulder. It had been almost a week since the last time I did it so I'm not sure if it was residual pain or if this is just not a good move for me. Does anyone else have shoulder pain with the hang clean?
    Powerclean\ hangclean is a very explosive movement. Why are you doing it? Are you training for power or to make your body look good? i have seen some guys who are very strong at the powerclean and they do not always look good. They may not have a "good looking physique" but they are hell strong at the powerclean. 90% of that move is form and technique.

    Have injured myself in more than one area doing powercleans/hangcleans. I am a bodybuilder but sometimes i get shizophrenic and train like some kind of wanabe power lifter. i got my power clean up to 265 pounds a couple months ago, on a super human effort I tried to do 265 pounds twice and i felt some thing 'pop' in my right radius at the top of my forearm/elbow on the flip. Scared the sh.t out of me. i dropped the bar and took a good look at my right elbow. it felt funny and i thought for a second i dislocated it. It felt like the radius head popped in and out of place real fast. it was sore for a week and it got better. later on i injured my left shoulder benching heavy. To be honest though I think the damage may have been from power cleans the day before and I just really insulted my shoulder the next day on the bench.

    Now i am healing. I am building back from the ground up. I can powerclean hangclean 135 pounds for reps with out shoulder pain and my bench is up to 275 pounds [I was benching 365 for 6 reps 3 months ago before i hurt my shoulder] Life goes on. where there is a will there is a way. In the end you will be just what you want to be.
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    If you feel pain in your shoulders doing any variation of the clean there is a very good chance somewhere in the movement is flawed technique.
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    I just started doing them last week, felt no discomfort or pain at all, I started very light though as I add weight I will see.
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    I am a founding member of the messed up shoulder club! Yet, I do hang cleans all the time.

    As many have mentioned.... Proper form, and build up over time to give you connective tissues a chance to adjust. When I first returned to the gym, I began with 75lbs. Now I am comfortable doing them at bodyweight. Be patient....and lean the form with light weight.
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    Check out this video, it is about snatching but pertains to the clean as well.

    It helped me a lot. Dont be afraid to start lighter and fiddle with your hand placement.

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    Originally Posted by baker View Post
    Those are tough on the rotator cuffs as I recall, it's a very explosive movement if done correctly. If your not used to them I'd stay light for a while and let your connective tissue and joints get acclimated.
    I think you were right. I made the weight light and kept at it and am now pain free. Thanks.
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