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Here's Why Your Shoulder Hurts So Damn Bad When You Lift

Men’s Health—December 7, 2017

In a Men’s Health article, HSS sports medicine surgeon Lawrence V. Gulotta, MD, discussed how weightlifters can prevent rotator cuff injuries.

Dr. Gulotta advised that lifters should exercise their muscles equally. "The rotator cuff and deltoid muscles are antagonists and should always be worked out in combination with each other. Failure to do so may lead to imbalances around the shoulder that cause tendinitis from overuse of the rotator cuff," he noted.

Additionally, Dr. Gulotta stressed the importance of maintaining proper form. "In my practice, the most common way people tear their rotator cuff while working out is when they do not pay attention to their form while trying to get one last rep in. The one thing they all have in common is that the main muscles lose control due to fatigue, putting a lot of stress on the rotator cuff causing it to tear."

Read the full article at menshealth.com


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