The shoulder press is a basic, upper body exercise that targets all the main shoulder muscles. This exercise if typically performed using dumbbells or with a barbell and lifting the weight overhead. If there is excessive weight or repetitive overhead motion, an individual is at high risk for shoulder injuries.
The dumbbell shoulder press provides greater movement during exercise which can prevent shoulder injuries. Nevertheless, performing incorrectly can lead to instability of the shoulder.
An instability injury arises if one of the joint moves or forced out of its normal position which can occur during a dumbbell shoulder press if one lifts a heavy weight and loses control. Remember that one should not attempt to perform an overhead lift without an experienced spotter in case the lift could not be executed properly.
Performing excessive and repeated overhead motion is one of the main causes of shoulder injuries. The impingement is brought about by excessive rubbing of the shoulder muscles against the upper region of the shoulder blade.
Take note that impingement can arise from any form of shoulder press and result to the inflammation of the shoulder muscles. In case the inflammation does not manifest, seek medical care before the injury worsens.
Rotator cuff injuries from shoulder press
The barbell shoulder press can damage the shoulder muscle. Using excessive load and poor form are the usual causes of injury during the exercise. Once the rotator cuff is damaged, there is high likelihood to lose full function of the shoulder muscles.
Injuries to the back
Back injuries are also common during shoulder press. The injuries are mainly brought about by the lack of proper support to the back during the activity. This can occur when performing standing or seated dumbbell or barbell press and can occur if the weight becomes too heavy and the individual leans backward to move the weight back up.
More Information / Disclaimer
The information posted on this page on injuries from a shoulder press is for learning purposes only. Learn to recognize and manage the injuries by taking a standard first aid course with Vancouver First Aid.