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Weights: bench press shoulder pain

photo of a man doing bench press

One of the most common weight training injuries that we see at Therapyroom1 is shoulder and elbow injuries from patients performing the bench press. During our examination of both patient and injury it’s clear that the injury could have been avoided with correct training or technique, worse still are when “personal trainers” have a hand in  training their clients to do it wrong.

Part of the examination at Therapyroom1 is to place the injured athlete in our rehab gym and over the weights bench; here they recreate the exercise. A lot of the time we film the patients and analyse the filming with them so that they can see what goes wrong.

Take a look at the picture above and play doctor for a moment and work out what is going on.

Ok, when you lift weights you have to have so many key components right to get the maximum out of it, missing these key components will lead either injury now or long term. Some injuries which may occur:

  • Wrist strain
  • Elbow clicking
  • Tennis/golfers elbow
  • Ulna nerve impingement
  • Slipped disc
  • Humeral, Epiphyseal or Carpel fractures
  • Acromoiclavicular joint sprain/ligament tear

I asked you the question above about the picture, what did you think? The answer was coroco-clavicular joint sprain and golfers elbow. And yes we treated him successfully and yes we taught him to re-balance his weights and prevent further injury

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