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2003/10/17 06:37:12 (permalink)

Pain in chest

I find that after I dip, or sometimes during but not as often, I have a pain in the middle portion of my chest above the sternum I supposed would be the best description. Has anyone ever had this? I assume it is not good. I should mention I go heavy on the weight used in these dips. The pain is by no means sharp or debilitating, its just there whenever I move in certain ways at times, persisting for days after my workout, This does not feel like any muscle soreness I know of, although again it is not sharp like a torn/pulled muscle. Has anyone else experienced this? I hope this will not prevent me from doing heavy dips...
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    th2150
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    RE: Pain in chest 2003/10/17 06:42:14 (permalink)
    I just did a clean, and could really feel what im trying to explain as I caught it at the top of the lift... I would say its on the inner left pec, I hope I dont have an injury... [V]
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    RE: Pain in chest 2003/10/17 07:50:51 (permalink)
    I used to get dull pains right above my sternum - sometimes to the right a bit. I think for me, it was just flexibility/bad form issues. However, if it is a serious concern then you should get it checked out.

    Actually, i have the pain today - from dropping the bar from an overhead position too fast.
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    RE: Pain in chest 2003/10/17 10:27:44 (permalink)
    Have a look at this, might be the same thing.
    http://muscletalk.co.uk/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=58999

    I actually got this crap for the first time on wednesday. It started on incline DB press then really started to hurt on overhead press. But no pain the day after. I hope it doesn't persist...
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    RE: Pain in chest 2003/10/17 15:08:12 (permalink)
    It sounds as if you have damaged your sternum (costal) cartilage, the bit where your ribs join to the sternum. I had this problem and it took about 6 months to heal 100%. I got mine from dipping as well.

    You will need to lay off all chest/pec exercises for approx 2 weeks. I would then recommend just doing barbell pec work and no DB pec work, or dips for the next 6 months. Also, start taking Glucosime sulphate.
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    RE: Pain in chest 2003/10/17 20:24:54 (permalink)
    holy @#$%, i liked dips too... well I like dips becuase I thought they would be better for functional strength, being open kinetic chain and all. Well what is better for functional strength, bench or dips? I thought dips but if it turns out to be bench, then I wont feel quite so bad... I guess its incline time for me.
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    RE: Pain in chest 2003/10/18 19:45:43 (permalink)
    Dr Helium obviously you aren't a doctor but why barbell bench and not dumbell?
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    RE: Pain in chest 2003/10/18 22:57:39 (permalink)
    Boxer,

    If th2150 has damaged his costal cartilage then the worst exercise he could do, apart from dips, would be DB flies as this would put extreme stress on the affected cartilage. Heavy DB presses could turn into a partial fly, if you see what I mean.

    I'm no Doctor , but I've had this injury and my experience was to let it heal completely over a 6 months period. During those 6 months I was still able to do BB bench press, BB Inc Press BB Military press and tricep work, so my bench didn't suffer.

    8 months on and Im dipping again.
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