Weight training is the use of weights for resistance. By creating repeated stress to the muscles, these exercises result in stronger muscles. The use of correct techniques as very important when weight training. Incorrect use of techniques often results in 3 common type of shoulder injuries.
Common Types of Shoulder Injuries
Weightlifter’s Shoulder affects the collarbone where it meets the shoulder blade. This joint is very flexible and stress over time can result in micro fracture at the end of collarbone. It is often caused by overdoing shoulder exercises. When you weight train, be careful not to add to much weight and allows time for your muscles to recover in between training.
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Shoulder Impingement affects the rotator cuff in the upper arm. When you try to lift up your arm, there is less space between the tendons and the shoulder blade, which causes swollen tendons to “catch” on your upper arm bone. Actions that use the rotator cuff tendons increase the chance of impingement. Do not overdo it with an exercise that requires the elbow to be lifted above the shoulder.
Rotator Cuff Tear
The stress of weight training can cause a tear as the tendons deteriorate over time. To prevent it, gradually repeat low resistance exercise to strengthen the rotator cuff muscles.