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Torn Labrum in Shoulder - Back to sports?

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Old 06-25-2011, 08:58 PM   #1
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Torn Labrum in Shoulder - Back to sports?

Hi new person here have a couple of questions if you don't mind

I hope this is the correct forum to post

this may be a lengthy post so please bear with me
Background info:

I was in rock climbing and as part of training we had to do typewriter pull ups. Well it worked but in September 2010, there was a freak injury (sorta) and I injured myself (tearing sensation in arm).

Basically I didn't know it was an injury and carried on with activities as per usual i.e. Pull ups (normal not typewriter), push ups (without any problems).

Anyway in January 2011, when I was rock climbing I found that my overhead grip was severely weak and after consulting a doctor and going for some MRI, I was diagnosed with a torn labrum and my specialist said it was a bankart tear (though I didn't dislocate my shoulder).

So in February 2011, I had a bankart repair on the torn labrum (arthroscopic surgery) and am now undergoing physiotherapy (strengthening my arm, range of motion is completed)

[the physiotherapist mentioned that I can be discharged in the next visit or the one after that since my strength is very strong]

But basically, in the country where I'm in, there's something like conscription, where all able bodied males have to serve the army. Anyway, my specialist advised that I should not do pull ups in National Service (this would limit the vocations that I can enter though) but it's not that I'm trying to go against his advice but I could do pull ups as per normal before my surgery (when I didn't know it was a torn labrum)

My guess is because he thought that I tore it because of pull ups but in fact I tore it due to typewriter pull ups (usual pull ups I could do it). Of course now that I'm injured I can't (but just yesterday I tried it at a pull up bar and managed to do one though I was shaking a little - nervous about putting weight on the injured shoulder)

So just wanna ask, do you guys think it's possible for me to resume doing pull ups? I just can't seem not doing pull ups for life (or for army for that matter).

Edit: Oh about 2 weeks ago I had a physiotherapy session and after explaining all that to the PT, he said that by the 6th month mark (i.e. August), I should be able to go back to Sports and can do pull ups as usual.

In addition, the army doctor has given the all-clear too but he was understanding and said if I was afraid of the incident again, or unable to do it that he can excuse me from it.


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Re: Torn Labrum in Shoulder - Back to sports?

What is a typewriter pull up?, thats a new one.

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Re: Torn Labrum in Shoulder - Back to sports?

If it were me, I would wait until August, cause I would hate to have to go through the whole process again, should something else go wrong, and not be able to do both types of pull-ups again! Or. . . I might take it easy and just do half of what you normally do for the next few months.
Typewritter pull-ups are where you just use the tips of your fingers, correct????

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Re: Torn Labrum in Shoulder - Back to sports?

Thanks Amy and James! Sorry for not being specific.

thanks for the advice Amy i think I should wait till August too and am still waiting but after August I should slowly ease back into pull ups then? (No more typewriters for me (: )

Typewriter pull ups are where you do a pull up and holding in that position (where your chin is above the bar), you move your chest horizontally left and/or right (parallel to the bar) and in doing so, straighten the arm.

E.g. I pull up and move my body horizontally to the left so my left hand remains there and my right arm slowly extends till it's straightened and my body is shifted to the left.

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