Hi all. I have had numerous shoulder woes in the past - impingement (in the left and right), clavicle osteolysis in the right, surgery on the right (resection) etc. I have since been trying to get back into things with both shoulders. I am now back in training at near full swing, using good form and control in lieu of excess weight.
The one thing which I still suffer from though is a fatigue in the traps which regularly kicks in, in particular the right trap. I am not sure why this is happening, and various strengthening exercises do not seem to help. It is particularly prevalent when I do exercises involving chest (e.g. BB or DB bench) and chest (e.g. BB/DB rows). Two additional “symptoms” I have are severe winging - I have done, and continue to do, many of the strenghtening exercises suggested in the great articles here. The second is that I feel that the shoulders (right one especially) sit forward, in front of the body, and not held back.
I am thinking it could be due to a number of causes:
- some weak muscle in the shoulder complex causing the right trap to take over / overcompensate and thus prematurely fatigue. For example, weak infrasprinatus
- weak traps which are causing them to tire out far too quickly
- traps too strong relative to the other muscles, hence taking over the load and thus being worked excessively
- something to do with flexibility, rather than strenght/weakness. For example, if the chest is too tight, the neck/traps not flexible enough, the rear delt / upper back muscles too tight.
I am at a loss right now and would appreciate any advice. I have consulted a biokineticist and chiro, neither of which could pinpoint the issue or solution. The one additional piece of info I have is that, when I had physio sessions post-surgery, the physio said I had very laxe joints, in particular in the shoulders.
Any advice will be very welcomed.