My shoulder makes an audible popping sound when I do medium to wide grip overhand pull ups.
I have zero pain with this.
My workout yesterday was Press for heavy weight for a million reps for a million sets, dips with a pause at the bottom for a 5x10, followed by medium to wide grip overhand chin ups.
Is this a bad thing that my shoulder makes that noise? Oddly enough, I don’t seem to have this happen with any other pull up bar other than the one I have at home. Could it be a hand placement issue? Could it be an impending shoulder issue? Could it be nothing?
Last time I posted in here, I seemed to get a lot of very educated responses.
I do shoulder stretches every day. These include Apley’s scratch stretching, band dislocations, broom handle dislocations, and band pull aparts. On any upper body day, I will throw in a YTWL in addition to those for a warm up before I start with the empty bar.
I have no positive pain provocation tests at the moment either. Thanks guys![/quote]
Its probably some microinstability at the biceps labral complex or the bicep in the humeral groove. It could be a scapular positioning problem, I am a big advocate of not achieving full extension at the bottom of a pullup because the humeral head glides forward and is not centered in the glenoid. To avoid maintain a 15-20 degree bend in the elbow and I bet your shoulder with be much more stable. [/quote]
The popping happens about 3/4 of the way down.
I love to hang between reps and get a nice back stretch. I look at it like being on monkey bars.
I was thinking about just doing the concentric portion and then standing up.[/quote]
Its hard to say without actually seeing you and doing some tests to see how your shoulder is working. Your age, weight, level of training, and level of competition also play large roles…
I want to say, on gut instinct, your posterior capsule is probably tight (its tight in a majority of people anyways) and your humeral head is sliding forward and making the popping sound but I couldnt rule out other pathology over the internet. Adding scapular plane raises to 90 is a great idea for any weightlifter or athlete, so I would do that regardless of this being a true pathology. They are preformed like a lateral raise but thumb up, and about 45 degrees anterior to the frontal plane. It promotes good activation of the scapular rotators and the rotator cuff promoting humeral stability in the glenoid fossa. As for the tight posterior capsule a tennis ball will do the trick, get between the posterior and middle heads of the delt.
the posterior capsule is not tight in the majority of people, have you ever seen the posterior capsule? its about as thin as a sheet of foil. Only overhead athletes whom are repetitively stressing the capsule on follow thru truly get a thickened tight posterior capsule. Lifters do generally lose both external and internal rotation but mostly due to muscle stiffness.
The full can exercise is good but for OP’s complaints I would like to see him get some practice stabilizing in an overhead position like high pulls etc which are more functional in this instance.