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Shoulder Pain and the Kipping Pull-Up

This is a rabbit hole to go down, given there are so many opportunities go off the rails when it comes to the kipping pull-up. In PT, I honestly see or hear about this often. While every case is unique, there are a few common themes you seen when an athlete has shoulder pain with the kipping pull-up.


In general, I would say most shoulder problems with the kipping pull-up are rooted in at least one, if not multiples from the following list.

  1. Incomplete/missing overhead mobility

  2. Not creating an active shoulder under the bar (Yes, skill and strength both play a part in this)

  3. Not doing #2 well when you are fatigued

How well do you stack-up as an athlete? Get started by checking your overhead archetype and doing something about it if you are lacking. (Video Link)


More to come in the following weeks! Stay tuned.

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