I started throwing javelin this past outdoor season, and when I started lifting this summer I noticed that my throwing arm seems more flexible. I don’t have any pain in the shoulder (aside from doing upright rows, which I’ve stopped), but I want to try to start off next year with good shoulder health.
The real problem seems to be that my shoulder girdle sits a little higher on my throwing side - my other side tucks back more naturally, so if i pull my shoulder blades back the throwing side is higher. It’s really noticeable during overhead squats so I cut them out, but I also notice it when I’m setting up for bench and doing bent rows.
I read the shoulder saver articles over, and noticed that I don’t do much work for the antagonists of my upper traps (I tend to do a lot of power snatches). Also, I thought if I went through the stretching matrices in supertraining I could come up with a stretching program, but should I alter my lifting program a lot? I’ve been hesitant to start throwing again too, I was thinking of throwing both arms over the summer.
Any input would be great - It’s only a nuisance now, but I don’t want to get sidelined later on.