Have you guys ever done or heard of someone using a bulk to recover from some injuries? I've had some bad shoulder injuries in the past 3 years (ranging from rear delt tears to rotator cuff problems), and even though they are now healed I still have trouble with shoulder instability which ultimately leads to some pain. The way I see it though is if I pack on some mass in my rear delts (which theres virtually nothing there right now), and continue to work on my rotator cuffs then that will help stabalize my shoulder.
Or you can just tell me I sound like a big idiot....either way, any input is good input.
I wouldn't call that (strengthening the rear delts, doing stability work) "bulking" to fix an injury - I'd just call that strengthening a weakness.
A child does not learn to squat from the top down. In other words, he does not suddenly make a conscious decision one day to squat. Actually, he is squatting one day and make the conscious decision to stand. Squatting precedes standing in the developmental sequence. This is the way a child's brain learns to use the body as the child develops movement patterns. Therefore, a child is probably crawling, rocks back into a squatting position with the back completely relaxed and the hips completely flexed, and stands when he has enough hip strength. This approach makes a lot of sense and can be applied to relearning the deep squat movement if it is lost. -Gray Cook
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I had a grade 3 ac seperation in 2008. I bulked up a lot on that shoulder since but it is still weak and I get a lot of pain compared to my other shoulder. My situation I'm told by my doctor will never be better than what it is now. Take that for what it's worth I guess.
It can help depending upon the injury.
FYI a researcher friend of mine was telling me about some work he was doing relative to tendons. The long story short is when the muscle to which an injured tendon was attached was worked/hypertrophied it stimulated the tedon to more aggressively repair itself.
So, assuming your issues are tendon/connective tissue related if you can increase the size of the involved muscles your theory has some validity to it. You must take care not worsen the issue while trying to stimulate growth. It's a fine line.
I only have anecdotal evidence to give, but my shoulders always feel better when I'm heavier.
Stats: Age: 34 Weight: 205 Height: 5'6"
Gym PRs: Squat:635 Bench:560 Deadlift:495
Meet PRs: Squat:575 Bench:520 Deadlift:510 Total: 1605@220