Many exercises can develop strong shoulders. Some are great. Others, not so much.
The shoulder is one of the most sensitive joints in the body. It has incredible range of motion, allowing athletes to throw a baseball or swing a racquet. However, its support structure relies primarily on muscle and connective tissue.
The shoulders of athletes who participates in overhead sports like baseball, tennis or football (QB) can experience serious wear and tear. Small muscles and tendons can impinge. Support structures can wear out.
That's why you need to be careful when you work out your shoulders. You need to strengthen your shoulders, but in a way that won't cause damage, and ideally will prevent injury while improving your performance.
Here are seven shoulder-strengthening exercises that you can perform safely and effectively.
Neutral-Grip Overhead Press
Pressing overhead is generally considered a no-no for anyone at risk for a shoulder injury. This holds true for the Military Press and the Dumbbell Overhead Press, which externally rotate the shoulders. Anatomically, this puts you in a vulnerable position and increases the chance of experiencing pain or causing an injury—especially if you're a pitcher, quarterback, tennis player or any other overhead athlete.
Read more: 7 Exercises That Safely Build Shoulder Strength