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Hurt Again

For the second time in two months I have felt my right pectoral near the armpit twinge and tear a little. The first time it happened, the weight went completely and I couldn’t fight it back up. This time, however, I was pushing the weight back up when it happened so I don’t think its as bad as the first time.

At any rate, I waited about a month after the first incident and did a crapload of pushups to test it out. I felt fine and did a bench workout a week later, today. Once again, I felt that twinge. Can someone please tell me how long I need to wait until it heals completely and how I can speed up the process?

Go to a doctor.

That’s not an option because I’m currently applying to the Naval Academy and if they get wind of any sort of physical problem, I could lose any chance of getting in.

[quote]DooMMOoD wrote:
That’s not an option because I’m currently applying to the Naval Academy and if they get wind of any sort of physical problem, I could lose any chance of getting in. [/quote]

What if you get in and it shows up afterward?

[quote]DooMMOoD wrote:
That’s not an option because I’m currently applying to the Naval Academy and if they get wind of any sort of physical problem, I could lose any chance of getting in. [/quote]

Ouch.

Then again, a tec mini-tear is more like a broken arm. I don’t think it would keep you out of the Academy.

Do you have a friend of the family who is a doctor and who would see you “off the record”? If no, do two things.

First, find out whether the medical standards are the same at the Academy as they are for enlisting. If so…

Second, call a navy recruiter. Ask him whether a pec tear would keep one from enlisting. He/she would know.

You need treatment, because you will have a pass a lot of rigorous tests to get into the Academy. If you tear a pec during the tests and aren’t able to complete them, then you’re screwed- more screwed than if you had seen a doctor in the first place.

I agree with CaliforniaLaw on this one.

I visited the Naval Academy this past spring break.Even if you get in, you’ll have to go through rigorous training right in the beginning, and if it happens then, you’re screwed.

I don’t think it is something that will keep you out of the academy, so the sooner you get it taken care of, the better.

Are you doing anything for the mobility and stability of the shoulders?

Is your pulling volume matching up to or exceeding your pushing volume?

Your pect shouldn’t be tearing unless you are doing something very wrong.

Look in to an ART practioner or other type of myofacial release specialist to treat any adhesions you may have developed, and fine tune your upper body lifting program.

Well I’ve already taken and blown away the physical tests so that won’t be a problem. I don’t think that I’ll have any problems doing pushups after about another month. I definitely do have to focus on my back, however. I’ve noticed an imbalance in that area and that’s probably why I’ve been having some problems of late. Maybe this is my opportunity to pay my back some more attention.