As a strength coach our first responsibility is to do our best to keep athletes healthy 🤕 ➖ an injured athlete does very little to help a team when it matters on game day. And one of the easiest ways to keep an athlete healthy is to eliminate exercises that may be potentially harmful.
This is why we always choose the most shoulder friendly pressing that we can, both in-season and during the off-season.
Could we get away with bench pressing❓Maybe. Is it worth the risk❓No.
Instead, we stick to a pretty heavy dose of Kettlebell Bottoms Up Presses, both Standing and Half Kneeling Landmine Presses, and Push Ups. All allow for a freely moving scapula and are extremely shoulder friendly.
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