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  1. #1
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    Mar 2019

    Default Supraspinatus Tendon and bench

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    Hey Coach,

    I recently spoke to a DPT who loves your shit. He did the NLP back when only the first edition was out and the guy remind me a lot of Doc Morris here.

    He mentioned that he has his patients with shoulder impingement contract their traps and shrug a tiny bit on bench press to clear the acromiom process away and allow some room the supraspinatus tendon.

    Do you see any risks of injury or performance issues here, or is this a relatively safe way to bench for trainees with shoulder impingement issues?

    I was wondering how this change of technique would scale with heavier weights since it doesnít feel like I can get as tight with the shoulders slightly shrugged.

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    Jul 2007
    North Texas


    Doesn't seem like a good idea to me, since the impingement occurs between inferior AC surface and Superior surgical neck of the humerus. I can't picture a shrug in any direction that would unimpinge the joint with the humerus in anterior adduction. We use the humerus at 70 degrees to unimpinge, and we've never had any problems. This is brilliantly illustrated and explained on pp 157-59 of the blue book.

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    Mar 2019


    Roger that. Iím slowly re-reading the blue book and taking notes so Iíll be sure to pay close attention there.

    Interestingly enough this technique seems to have worked for one of my clients with shoulder impingement, but it may have been caused by the elbow angle to which you are referring, occurring when he contracted his traps.


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