Bodybuilding / Powerlifting

Sports injuries and diseases of the shoulder


Body building and shoulder

Statistics of shoulder injuries in bodybuilding and powerlifting:
By far most of the injuries and overuse in bodybuilding and powerlifting are affecting the shoulder joint. About 35 to 43% of all bodybuilding injuries are occuring at the shoulder. And about 86% of the bodybuilding shoulder injuries are muscle ruptures and tears or muscle stresses.


Shoulder muscle ruptures in bodybuilding and powerlifting:
A typical muscle being affected is the pectoralis major muscle. Injury rate in powerlifting is twice as high as in bodybuilding. Independent of age, sex and bodymass 1.1. injuries occur in every power lifter per year. In other words: 0.5 to 0.7 injuries occur during 1000 training hours of powerlifting. Besides the "Pec major" muscle the latissimus dorsi and triceps muscle are affected, also.


Arthritis of the shoulder in bodybuilding and powerlifting:
Another reason for shoulder pain in bodybuilders and powerlifters might be an erosion or arthritis of the acromioclavicular joint ( so called ac joint -> between the lateral end of the clavicle and the acromion ). These osteolyses of the lateral end of the clavicle occur due to overuse and microfractures in bodybuilding and powerlifting. These destructions are treated by an arthroscopic lateral clavicle resection.


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