When I first start benching I have a small sharp pain in my shoulder. It's mostly concentrated under my collarbone. I may have injured my shoulder from benching with incorrect form about 6 years ago. I used to bring the bar down in a very high position using my shoulders a lot more than my triceps (stupid gym teachers). I would bench a lot too, which didn't help. The funny thing is, I can just work through it. I could then, and I can now. If I continue my workout ignoring it, it goes away. Sometimes it takes longer to go away than usual; other times it doesn't bother me at all. It's been like this for years.
My lifting history can be divided up into two periods of time. I lifted for 3 years, stopped for 3, and I have continued lifting now and plan on doing so for a long time. That is why I am posting this. I don't want anything hindering my progress, and in the past my shoulder has.
The problem may also have been caused from improper squatting form. My shoulder only started to hurt on the bench, after it would hurt me during squats. The odd thing is, I pay a lot of attention to my form. I've had people walk up to me and complement me on my squatting form. I can take it ass to grass no problem even while keeping my knees in line with my toes, but the issue isn't with my legs or back; it's in my arms. I can't find a comfortable way to hold the bar on my back that doesn't KILL my shoulders.
I am a very tall person (6,3). I have seen the difference in form between tall and short dead lifters, and it got me thinking: maybe I am doing the right form for the wrong body type. Is this possible? My arms are very long, and I haven't been able to get comfortable holding a bar on my back no matter how many form vids I watch. They all say to keep your arms close on the bar. They all advise against holding it wide, but it kills if I don't.
I've resorted to completely removing squats from my routine, which I didn't want to do. I can't find a way to perform it that doesn't injure me, which is very frustrating, because I love them. Any advise??
Also, what exactly is the correct way for a person with long arms AND long legs to dead lift? I found an article on here that describes the way people with short arms and long legs, and people with long arms and short legs should dead lift. But I have both, so where does that put me??? At the moment, I use my back more than my legs. I use a very controlled motion through the eccentric and concentric, but I'm not going to lie, my back is very involved throughout the lift.