What are these marks (pic)?

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    Jul 18, 2011 9:55 AM GMT
    OK, so the last couple of times I've used the squat machine at the gym with a (for me) heavy weight (220kg) I've noticed these marks on my shoulders:

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    The squat machine has shoulder pads so somehow they are causing them but I don't really know how and I don't know how to prevent it. They sort of look like stretch marks but they aren't.

    I did put my towel across my shoulders the last time but it didn't seem to help!

    Anyone got any suggestions?
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    Jul 18, 2011 11:42 AM GMT
    I think it's broken blood vessels. Happens to me all the time - just one of the many perks of being pale. The only thing that I can recommend is wearing shirts without seems across the shoulders.
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    Jul 18, 2011 11:54 AM GMT
    cold saidI think it's broken blood vessels. Happens to me all the time - just one of the many perks of being pale. The only thing that I can recommend is wearing shirts without seems across the shoulders.


    Yeah someone else mailed me to say it was the seams, don't know why but that never occurred to me, I'm pretty stupid!

    I will have to stick to only doing those squats when I have my thin strap vest on! Or topless!

    Meanwhile I should get a tan to cover it up!
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    Jul 18, 2011 11:58 AM GMT
    They look like striae (ruptured connective tissue) to me, but you say you got them after squatting, so I would say they are hematoma, or just in plain bruises.
    I get them as well. You are squatting 220kg and that is a lot of weight so a lot of pressure on your vessels. They should clean up after a few days.

    On me they look like sex scratches lol icon_twisted.gif
    Pretty impressive though you can squat 220kg icon_surprised.gif
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    Jul 18, 2011 12:02 PM GMT
    Lux_ saidPretty impressive though you can squat 220kg icon_surprised.gif


    It's 220kg on the machine which does not equate to the same weight as a free-standing barbell squat - there's no way I could do a 220kg bar!

    220kg is tough though even on the machine, I can only manage about 10 reps.
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    Jul 18, 2011 12:11 PM GMT
    The good old bruise, I used to get those when I used to use the hack squat or what ever the hell it's called, seams in the shirt plus seams on the shoulder pads.

    Whats even better is the bruise you get from the obar, ugh, I used to get a massive welt. one week I did squats 4 times in a week (Don't ask) ended up with a big long line across my back that was black hehehe
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    Jul 18, 2011 12:29 PM GMT
    Get those on my back from bench press with a tank on.

    Don't they have a squat rack you could use instead. Get into a nice (Rippetoe) low bar position.
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    Jul 18, 2011 12:34 PM GMT
    I get those all the time whenever I used to do leg presses or wear a heavy backpack for a long time.
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    Jul 18, 2011 12:48 PM GMT
    I hate to tell you this, but I'm afraid this is Mesothelioma! Not really. I just like saying that word. icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 18, 2011 4:01 PM GMT
    thank you! i get them when i do calf raises, i thought it was just me. Its not a problem at all, just looks wierd.
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    Jul 18, 2011 4:13 PM GMT
    Not sure exactly what they are but I get them after hard workouts and they go away in a day or so. I always thought they were broken blood vessels and don't worry about em.
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    Jul 18, 2011 4:23 PM GMT
    Scruffypup saidI hate to tell you this, but I'm afraid this is Mesothelioma! Not really. I just like saying that word. icon_wink.gif


    My grandmother just died from mesothelioma a few months ago. The massive horrors that it wreaks on the human body in the final stages are disgusting - besides slowly constricting the lungs, it also causes the flesh on your extremities to swell, turns them nasty colors, forms enormous boils, then bursts. Both the disease and word come straight from hell!
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    Jul 18, 2011 4:26 PM GMT
    Solaguy... Sorry that your grandmother had to go through that. That really sucks..


    OP - I get those marks every Friday when I do squats. They're gone by Sunday. Rest easy. icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 18, 2011 4:26 PM GMT
    Yeah they are from the seams on your shirt. I use to get them when I was doing squats at heavier weights. They would go away in a few days.

    A simple solution that worked for me was to wear my shirt inside out - but this was back in the day when I was lifting in old cotton t-shirts with the arms cut out.
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    Jul 18, 2011 4:29 PM GMT
    I get those when I do standing Calf Raises. Rawr!!
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    Jul 18, 2011 4:37 PM GMT
    cold saidI think it's broken blood vessels. Happens to me all the time - just one of the many perks of being pale. The only thing that I can recommend is wearing shirts without seems across the shoulders.

    Doesn't happen to just pale people. I'm east indian and it happens to me any time I use the calf raise machine.