The 7 Most Dangerous Exercises for Your Shoulders

History of shoulder pain? Stay the heck away from these 7 exercises.

Behind-the-Neck Lat Pulldowns or Pull-Ups

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Behind-the-Neck Lat Pulldowns or Pull-Ups

You don't hold heavy weight overhead when performing these moves, but according to Dr. Ricardo Colberg of the renowned Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center, behind-the-neck variations are still dangerous. He says, "The exercises take your shoulders into full external rotation, which pushes the head of your humerus forward. This is the weakest point of the shoulder and has a high risk of dislocation, which may cause tears of the tendons, cartilage or ligaments, as well as a fracture of the bone."

Again, traditional Lat Pulldown and Pull-Up variations provide more than enough challenge to effectively build back strength.


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