Healthy Shoulders: How to avoid being sidelined – Boston Testosterone Partners

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One of the biggest problem areas for our patients is their shoulders.  As we age, the years of use take a toll on our shoulder stability.  And while exercising and weight training go a long way for us, one movement may do more harm than help.

Overhead pressing exercises oftentimes weaken your shoulders, suggests a study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

Lifters who pressed weight overhead—doing moves such as the overhand-grip shoulder press—were at greater risk of shoulder instability than men who kept weight below their head, as with a lateral raise.

“You need to have really great strength, mobility, and stability to safely lift overhead, and most people don’t,” says Mike Reinold, P.T., C.S.C.S., a Boston-based athletic trainer and former Head Athletic Trainer and Physical Therapist for the Boston Red Sox.

This doesn’t mean that you need to give up overhead lifts altogether.   But be aware that they may increase your risk for injury, especially if you have poor posture or a weak rotator cuff  (which can reduce your shoulder stability).

Side Lying External Rotations

Side Lying External Rotations

In fact, the study found significantly fewer problems among the lifters who performed rotator-cuff-strengthening exercises.

Strengthen yours by performing side-lying external rotations with a light dumbbell, says Reinold.

Try incorporating this into your pre-workout routine and at home.

Here’s how to do the move:


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