I have a client who has red marks on his traps, which he developed after doing shoulder presses with 80 to 85 percent of his one rep max. Do you know what they could be?
The first suggestion I have is one I start almost every article with: you should have your client see his physician. With that said, it sounds to me like a case of broken blood vessels. Often, when an individual attempts high loads for reps, he will push extreme amounts of blood with extreme pressure into a small area. This extreme situation will cause the capillaries just under the skin to burst, causing red streaks to appear. They should go away within a couple of weeks if this is the case. Once again, I am not a physician and I am not even able to see exactly what it looks like. There is an off chance that if this gentleman has grown in girth quite rapidly in the last few months, he may have developed stretch marks or actually a slight tearing of some of the under layers of skin. These are very common in individuals who get too big too quickly. Often, pregnant women will get these in their later months of pregnancy. The skin just doesn’t want to stretch any more. Many people treat these with vitamin E both orally and topically. I have seen many studies that show this treatment to be only somewhat effective, if that. Again, take time to see what this client’s physician has to say. Good luck!