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Shoulder injury is often caused by weakness in or overloading of the rotary cuff. It's badly developed by most people since they don't really train it. Badly executed Bench Presses seem to be a major cause too, by putting too much strain on the shoulders. So in this light I think it's important to train the muscles involved with your rotary cuffs. ...


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You are correct, in that the pike and handstand pushups will not involve the rear deltoids to the extent that the front and medial heads are utilized. If you do get overdeveloped, the anterior deltoids will tend to overpower the rear, pulling the shoulder forward and giving you a hunched type look. For body weight exercises, there are very limited options. ...


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I was interested to know the answer to this question myself, and ended up asking it to a few of my chiropractor and osteopath friends. The short answer I got is 'no'. Muscles are, generally speaking, muscles. If you push them to their limit, you're going to get DOMS no matter what. What complicates the simple answer is that some muscle groups are harder ...


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Anterior shoulder stretches: Grip hands behind back. If flexibility prevents this, grip a stick or something to make up the difference. Stick out your chest and raise your arms away from your body using your shoulders. Posterior shoulder stretches: Reach across your body and let your hand go as far as it can over your shoulder. Using your opposite ...


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Unfortunately, you really can't do much with the pecs without involving the anterior deltoid. The anterior delt works with transverse flexion (Any kind of movement bringing the upper arm from the side towards the center) and as a stabilizer of the shoulder girdle. Any kind of pressing motion will aggravate this. As you've noticed, the more emphasis towards ...


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JohnP is correct that the posterior deltoid is not really used in those exercises. I would add that most upper body exercises (bodyweight or not) tend to overuse shoulder internal rotators vs external rotators. This is a big factor in people ending up with the hunched-shoulder look. The big movers of the gleno-humeral joint all act to internally rotate your ...


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I'm not sure if you are referring to how to avoid having more dislocations after the initial one, or if you mean how to strengthen the shoulders to decrease the risk of shoulder dislocations. If it's the former, as a person who has experienced multiple shoulder dislocations, here's my most important advice: see a physio! There is no way to replace a ...


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When doing bench press, keep your elbows close to your trunk (no more than 45 degrees out) and bring the bar to your sternum and don't let it creep up closer to your head. I was taught how to bench press wrong in school (elbows out almost 90 degrees, bar higher, flat back), and it wrecked my shoulders for years before I realized what was wrong and corrected ...



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