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Cleans: Bruised Collar Bone


#1

I have been doing cleans for a while and I am am pretty confident on my form, (always room for improvement), however recently I have found myself catching the bar on my left collar bone instead of the delt. This means whenever I clean I end up with a nasty bruise on my collar bone which interferes with my other training+day to day life.

I really don’t want to remove cleans from my strength training but I may have to if I can’t fix this. I would appreciate any tips and advice from the Olympic lifting forum members.

Thank you in advance.


#2

Don’t mess around with collar bones. Fix the form or quit doing cleans. All about the long run brother


#3

Honestly, the bruised collar bone probably comes from the bar floating and not staying connected to you, or as a result of slow elbows. Try doing some no contact (against the thighs) power cleans around 65-70% to help that issue. Used to happen to me. See if that works.


#4

Will give that a go, thanks a lot for the advice really appreciate it. Will post back on results.


#5

CT just posted a couple videos on training for the catch on his ThibArmy website. It’s in the blog section.


#6

Tried mlam0521’s suggestion and watched CT’s videos and finally fixed it, was catching the bar way too high needed to get in a lower squat position.

Thanks for the help fellas.