It’s probably in your bind, I had this problem whenever I played loose, and it mysteriously vanished whenever I was playing any other position. I also did not get as sore after playing a tight head who I could consistantly beat from the engagement.
Two things I noticed helped in decreasing it, first was not letting my opposition tight get too much over on me. If you’re playing a good tighthead and you let them in on you too much, they’ll be able to roll their shoulder down and this will force you to work harder with your binding arm to keep the scrum and yourself from eating dirt. Another thing that helped was not allowing my bind to get too far down on my opposition. One of my coaches was troubleshooting my technique one day and told me to shorten my reach on my bind and when I started doing this it decreased some of that post match left shoulder soreness.
Personally I found subscap, serratus and rhomboids to be the big players, (or at least they would be the most sore when I would have Active Release done a day or two post match) so I started working some more scap stability but I didn’t notice as big of a change in post match soreness as I did from altering my technique in the scrum.
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Thanks heaps, this post was very helpful.
I had noticed the same thing as far as the engagement. Weeks when I felt like I had it over my oponent I was not as sore.
I will try a shorter bind, where should I be trying to bind? at the other guys armpit?
I’ll be having some one on one time with the coach this week so he can probably help me with that now that I recognise Its something I need to work on.