[quote]B.b. in stress! wrote:
Is it best to keep ur elbows tucked in during all movements in order to insure proper shoulder health? Examples: bench pressing, squatting, overhead pressing, tricep extensions, etc.
I just realized that this could be achieved in mostly all movements and my question is, if elbows are anytime flared in an exercise, can it lead to shoulder injuries due to the arm angles deviating from the scapular plane?[/quote]
Really whether or not you get an injury will come down to what your body is ‘use to’. If you started out years back on bench with flared elbows, then your tendons and joints are going to be use to the stress these days when you load up the weight.
But if you’ve always kept them tucked and then one day you load up the bar and flare your elbows, then maybe you’ll strain something. It’s not about what’s right or wrong positioning…the body is far more resilient than that. It’s about gradual build up.
For my own personal goals, I’m training a couple gymnastics strength skills including the iron cross. This move puts a lot of tension on the elbow joints so the strength build up goes very very slow. But the tendons do get stronger over time.