I’m going into my 6th year of eligibility for College football(Redshirt+Medical Redshirt…I’m working on my Masters), and while I have no diagnosed injuries, I am in CONSTANT pain when I bench. It effects my performance tremendously. In my earlier seasons I was able to rep out 320 for 5-6 no problem. The other day I BARELY got 1 and a half reps(I know the half reps truly don’t count). This wasn’t from a lack of strength either(while not quite as strong in the upper body), more so from the awful pain I was in. My pec is pretty tight, and my shoulders(especially my right front delt and part of my right trap)are in constant pain. I always warm up before(I do Defranco’s Upperbody Warm Up) and I stretch afterwards.
I’m in much need of a massage. It would definitely alleviate some of the pain, but it wouldn’t completely go away.
And no…this isn’t about “sucking it up”, I’ve played a few games on a fracture 4th metatarsal before. I’ve played through pain. This is a true performance hindrance.
To TRY(I know nothing will) to replace my bench, I did light dumbells, a hammerstrength machine, and cable chest presses.
Is/was anyone else in the same boat? Has anyone else been in the same boat and somehow gotten out of it?