My bet is that steroid use creates a different ‘look’ than people who are just weight training. It may also explain why steroid users can simply get ‘bigger’ than the non-users – it could just be that they are getting more growth in areas of the muscle that simply will not grow much without steroid use – while this doesn’t sound like much if you are only thinking ‘biceps’ but consider the same scenario using every muscle in the body..that’s some serious untapped growth potential.
In most cases, bursitis of the shoulder is caused by performing repetitive movements for an extended period of time, such as throwing a baseball, playing tennis, painting, scrubbing, gardening, carpentry, etc. Shoulder bursitis can also be exacerbated by a physical trauma or previous injury to the joint area. Your risk for developing bursitis increases with age as joint components, including the bursa, tend to decline as you get older. People over the age of 40 are at the highest risk for developing bursitis. Shoulder bursitis can also be brought on by other joint conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, gout, and thyroid disorder.
I’m a high level sportsman trying to head towards national level at cricket. My shoulder and upper arm have given me a lot of pain for over a year, and despite physio and rehab exercises, it still is not good enough to perform a great deal of throwing-related exercises without pain. I struggle to do push-ups or any real strengthening exercises in the gym and, as I want to try and develop all-round fitness to progress, this is an annoying hindrance. I also find sports such as tennis and squash very difficult to play because of the pain, which frustrates me enormously. I have a typical athlete’s attitude of despising rest, which I’m sure does more harm than good. Even with a few months off and a rebuilding program, it hasn’t improved. What do you advise or suggest? Thanks, Calum.