Your shoulder doesn’t hurt for no good reason! The nervous system senses a problem and is asking for you to fix it. Notice I said your nervous system is asking for a change…not your body.
True pain is not something that occurs in the tissues. Rather it’s the summation of your environment and experiences in your past. Yes, the past.
Does the kipping pull-up add enough benefit to outweigh the increased injury risk?
For the person with zero interest in pushing that level of intensity, no, it’s simply not worth it….
But if an athlete at any level is feeling the kipping mojo, it’s a really great movement to develop athleticism and coordination, overall strength, and most importantly an overwhelming sense of accomplishment.
But should every noob be allowed to swing like a banshee? Definitely not! Neither should the Games hopeful without exhibiting the following prerequisites (none of which are the commonly cited prerequisite of a certain number of strict pull-ups.)
Are we able to predict arm injuries before they occur? Turns out, we might be able to. A 5-year MLB Study concluded that Preseason weakness of External Rotation and Supraspinatus strength is a predictor of in-season throwing-related injury.
“30% of coaches, 51% of players, and 37% of parents believe Tommy John surgery should be performed in the absence of elbow injury to enhance performance” (Ahmad, et al.)
But you can actually get all the same gains faster by doing this instead.
After testing the arm health of 73 elite high school baseball players – what you do this off-season may need to change.
The findings show a common underlying arm issue that leads to increase risk of injury and robs you of velocity.
Here is how to fix it this off-season.
The power of arm care is incredibly understated simply because it’s done so poorly. An effective system doesn’t just “loosen up” the arm before games, but rather it should be a daily ritual of repair, development, and maintenance around the entire shoulder complex.