The Psychological Influences of Arm Pump

We’ve spoken about this topic before, and for good reason. Have you ever rock climbed? How about mountain biked or participated in motocross? You’ve probably suffered from chronic exertional compartment syndrome (CECS) in your forearms – the medical name for arm pump.

In reality, the physiological onset isn’t purely a symptom of poor muscle mass or conditioning. There is a heavy psychological influence. Stress and anxiety are major players that can lead to or exacerbate the onset of CECS, but there are plenty of things you can do about it.

Check out our article on to learn more, including preventative recommendations.

For more on the physical causes, we’ve written two comprehensive articles you’ll be sure to enjoy:

Handlebar Grip, Arm Pump, and Forearm Fatigue: Why and How to Alleviate It

The Science of Motocross Training, Arm Pump, and Lactate Metabolism

Crankworx, NZ. Photo © Pia McDonell of McDonell Media


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