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sore upper arm

Published: 18 Jan 2008 - 01:54 by zatoichi

Updated: 24 Sep 2008 - 17:35

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I have been searching round for any post's regarding upper arm pains,
but have not found any - hence this post..
Picked up squash last year, and been playing five times a week for a year now, and for the last five months I have been playing with a Oliver MC5 (105grams) strung with Tecnifibre x-one biphase 18 guage string @ 28 lbs.. 

Now lately I have been feeling a soreness in the middle of  my upper arm, when I think about it just about where the shoulder muscle begin..
and for information my elbow feels beautiful

I am just fishing for ideas for what might trigger this pain, and solutions..

cheers Z

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From rippa rit - 19 Apr 2008 - 08:45

zat - five days a week will creating an overload on those muscles when there is no recovery time, especially playing hard on consecutive days.

Remember the heavy days and light days theory and take a read about periodization which might prevent the overtraining syndrome setting in on you.

It is good that you are enjoying your game.

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From zatoichi - 19 Apr 2008 - 03:21

just wanted to say thanks for the feedback,

the soreness has "evaporated"
still playin with the same racquet with the same spec's
and playin 5 days a week
but what changed
is that i have been focusing more on hitting through the ball,
and giving myself more time to prepare myself before hitting the ball..

so essentially what i had to do was work on my technique (hitting through the ball) and my style of playing (play more lobs and drops)

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From fernando - 31 Jan 2008 - 05:07


That could lead you to a rotator cuff injure & surgery later, if you dont' take care it soon!! Make sure you try different tickness of your grip. So you can adjust the balance of your racquet, according to your muscle power & shots and swing style. Regarding to your pain after the exercises,you should ice it for 20/30min. after every activity where your arm is involved and start some physycal therapy exercises for that area and  peripherial muscles  weights for your intire upper body in order to stay health for the game. I hope it will helpful.



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From rippa rit - 19 Jan 2008 - 10:03

Zat - it sounds as though you might have some answers yourself about the arm pain.

It does sound as though the short and sharp powerful hit, which would be a constantly hard and explosive action is straning the tendons.

Go to the Squash Library, and look at the Warmups and Stretches, and in particular the arm stretching diagrams and explanations.

You are probably using your wrist to generate some of the power too and that can put extra strain on the arm muscles, etc....

Agree, have a look at your whole game,  your tactics and placement - you might be doing this the "hard" way!

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From zatoichi - 18 Jan 2008 - 11:29   -   Updated: 18 Jan 2008 - 11:31

Thanks rippa rit, for a very good answer,
I was being deliberately vague as not to fish for confirmations,
but rather get fresh thoughts..

As I have been playing with way more experienced players than myself,
I suspect I have fallen a little into the trap of using a lot of power shots, 
as to cancel out some their technical advantages, 
thus driving the ball low and hard,
and doing my best to kill it off in the nick.. 
..I believe I have short and hard swing,
that explodes upon impact, then my arm sort of recoils.. ..

..though lately I have been experimenting with slowing myself down, 
and concentrating on a longer swing
and following trough on the drive shots , 
and I find that this much more comfortable  

I am also working on slowing the game down in my mind,
as to be able to relax more,
shoot higher on the front wall and allow gravity to send the ball deep
or just simply add more variation to my shots,
and not be so "comfortable" with the power play..

in short working on developing my game
and introducing a bigger repertoire
and being more relaxed as not to wear myself out on my own power shots..
As  i find that my upper arm gets to be a little sore
after say a 90 minute game packed with power shots
- so mixing it up and getting more comfortable with lobs and toss shots makes sense ..

Now as far as my grip, I think that is ok
I feel I have a relaxed grip,
its firm but casual, 
and using wilson pro overgrips makes the racket stick effortless to my hand,
thus changing grip upon demand is easy
plus playing with a light racket adds to my sense of comfort..

But I believe I will check with a Physio,
come to think of it I have two friends that happen to be Physiotherapists,
so a mental note to myself remember to ask my Physio.. :)

still feedback and ideas is much appreciated

cheers Z

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From rippa rit - 18 Jan 2008 - 10:14

Hard question to answer without seeing your technique, eg grip and swing, particularly on the backhand side.  Then five times a week, particularly if the technique is not right, might also cause RSI too.

I would give it a rest for starters, and then see if it settles down, and seek advice from your Sports Physio.

Any chance of putting a photo of your backhand swinging action in the forum?

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