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Old 03-07-2008, 06:13 PM   #1
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Hey, I was hoping someone with a little more knowledge on the subject could help me figure something out. I just got back to lifting after a long hiatus - I hadn't lifted seriously since about October (awful, I know) thanks to weight cutting and things. Today was my 2nd workout back and I started with squats. I did the same form as usual - A2G - with a fairly light weight (I was doing warm ups). But I kept noticing this small sharp pain at maybe the very top of my glutes that eventually bothered me enough to make me switch to deadlifts, where it didn't bother at all. It felt sort of like a pinprick - a sharp, shooting pain as I was coming back up out of the squat. As I said, DLs didn't hurt at all and it was fine thereafter. But I don't want to aggravate something there by being cavalier about it.

I'd really appreciate if anyone who knows sports injuries could help me out - I hope I've given enough detail about it. Thanks a lot.
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Old 03-07-2008, 07:18 PM   #2
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Was is in both sides, or just one?

What did you do as a warm up? Any glute activation work?

Was the pain in an smaller spot, or did it seem to spread out towards your hips also?
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Was is in both sides, or just one?

What did you do as a warm up? Any glute activation work?

Was the pain in an smaller spot, or did it seem to spread out towards your hips also?
Wow, I can't believe I didn't mention these. Sorry.

The pain was only in my left side, and stayed in one smaller spot. It was just sharp enough and surprising enough that it disrupted my squat.

I stretched out a little bit - not much - before starting, but really these light sets were the warm-up. Am I not warming up enough? I've usually just done 3-5 sets ramping up slightly to warm up and haven't had problems, but if I should be doing more then I definitely will work on that.

Thanks for your help IK!!
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More than likely, it's just caused from A) not training for a while and B) lack of activation work before your warm ups sets.

A lot of people have problems with glute activation. So even though you're doing a couple of warm up sets, you can still get a little tweak in the glutes. Dynamic work helps a lot (active movements, like leg swings, hip/glute bridges, high knee walks....). It only takes about 5 minutes before you start your warm up sets. They pretty much 'awaken' the muscle and prepare it for the coming work.

Now when you say you're doing some stretching, you're not doing static stretching are you? As in, you're not holding a stretch until it feels 'looser'? If so, stop. Static stretching should be done after a w/o, not before.

Also, being that you were only feeling it in one side, you may be slightly out of alignment. And being that you're a wrestler, I wouldn't be surprised if you were. Perhaps hitting up your local chiro for a quick adjustment would be a good thing to do, just in case. A lot of places will do a basic adjustment for 30-40 bucks. And trust me, it's good to get that done every once in a while just in case. Otherwise, if something IS a little off, and you let it go for too long, it can lead to worse conditions.

Not saying that you ARE out of line, but I think it's a good investment to do once every 6 months or so just to be sure.

The one sided-ness could also just be due to a slight twist in your form. Keep a tight eye on your form since you're just getting back into things.
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Wow, thank you tons IK. I'll definitely work on glute activation before lifts from now on, I guess I need to warm up a little more usefully, thanks for pointing that out.

If that doesn't help (or even if it does), what do you mean 'adjustment' - like, what needs adjusting? I trust your experience but I am curious what you mean by 'out of alignment'.

I'll check around to see if I can get in with a chiro, and check the form too.

Thank you IK! You's the best!
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adjustment is just the chiro manipulating your spine and such i went to one thursday...got the old cracky cracky...feeling lots better.

the one thing that could suck is if you're a first timer, some places want to do an exam on you that is kinda spendy...i think mine was like $130 plus another 30 for the adjustment...kinda sucked but...i don't have to do it again.

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GREAT advice from IK, as usual. I was thinking thowing in a piriformis stretch wouldn't hurt as well. It's prob not but it could be a pf trigger point since that is a referall place. And your piriformis is prob tight anyway. If it is a trigger point you could as Monstaface to work on it for ya


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Haha, thanks for the advice, I'll do the stretch anyway just in case ... but I don't know about Monstaface workin on my GLUTES just yet
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lol. i gave this girl in my class a glute massage a few weeks ago and she LOVED it lol. found that trigger point and put my elbow right in it. she wanted to take me home lol jk...........................well not really lol

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LMAO....you go Monsta.
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