In short, three years ago I underwent reconstructive shoulder surgery after tearing a ligament completely off of the bone at football camp @ UNLV. Following the surgery, I was not able to return to football, as my shoulder could not take the impact (following rehab + training).
Since then, and going off to dedicate myself fully to my academic pursuits, I have continued to train as hard as my body has allowed (and schedule of course).
BUT I never was able to return to any variation of heavy bench pressing. Because of this, my upper body progress had always been hindered by my inability to push heavy without pain.
UNTIL I began:
*30 grams of fish oil per day
*adding incline dumbbell shrugs (facing bench) to my training.
Previously I had used many appropriate exercises, training techniques, precautions, as well as recovery methods to little avail.
Only until I began to jack up my fish oil intake, and really focus on my upper back have I been able to now- bench press as heavy as my muscles will allow, rather than my shoulder.
I know that this information, as well as additional recommendations have been made by the more esteemed authors on this site- but since adding these to pieces of the puzzle, I have felt a great deal better.
And I hope that should you choose to consider what has helped me, you will too.
Any thoughts, input, additional tips?