I've been Oly-lifting for a year or so now, and this has been a recurring problem. Snatching once a week is enough to cause it. The impingement occurs when lifting my arm in the front/side deltoid. I finally found a good ART guy in my area and got him to work on it. I had a knotted up subscap from a high school bench press injury (strained pec). ART work definitely made the situation better, but the impingement is still there.
Dude's played around all over the shoulder/pec area, but honestly it's hard to tell if there's progress until I go work out and a day after. This is frustrating as hell and I was wondering if any of you guys have had any run-ins with this. The way I see it, one of two things is the issue---either the soft-tissue issues are fixed and I just need to strengthen/stretch the muscle, or more soft-tissue work needs to be done (on the subscap or anywhere else). Or surgery, but I hope not.
I've been doing prone internal rotations to strengthen the subscap. But when I do them on the left arm (impinged arm) there still feels like something is "getting in the way" in the shoulder region itself and they are nowhere near as smooth as in the right arm (feel perfect, all the movement stemming from my armpit).
This makes me wonder if there is still something going on that exercises alone won't fix. Be it myofascial/ART work or, worst case, surgery. Any shoulder-savy coaches/athletes/guys who've been there's opinions would be welcome AHEM Coach Cressey AHEM.
PS---I enjoy Oly lifting, so not snatching isn't an option. On a related note, the top pull of the snatch I feel my left shoulder (the crappy one) "not pulling" nearly as much as my right one. It's kind of like the shoulder just goes limp and the right arm has to do most of the work. This is definitely related to the impingement.