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Remove All Pushing from Corrective Routine


#1

The articles on here have been excellent in teaching me how to correct kyphosis / upper cross syndrome, overhead issues and impingement etc in my students.

The question I have is this; if I have a student who cannot lift overhead because of impingement and has some kyphosis and rounded shoulders, should I stop doing all forms of pushing movements and anterior deltoid work? He is a rugby player, so obviously needs some pushing strength.

The only exercise that springs to mind is to use press ups because of their use in many corrective exercise programs

Thanks


#2

there’s no need to drop ALL pushing exercises. Drop the overhead press, and the barbell bench, but he’s fine doing a dumbell bench press with a neutral grip so long as it doesn’t cause any pain.


#3

If this was a client of mine I would work on correcting the situation with a proper assessment of imbalances and start the rehab while doing pressing exercises with a reduced work load and teaching proper form.