Originally Posted by Zach Mitchell
i have read Bill Starr talk about the unnatural stress/strain this movement puts on the shoulder girdle. in a first-time trial this morning during a press strength session, my athlete did not display the same "sore/tight/stiff neck symptoms that he would otherwise have if he performed the movement from the the front rack position.
the athlete also says that he can do handstand push-ups or dumb-bell presses without the same pain sensation cause when pressing with a barbell from the front rack position.
admittedly i haven't done much searching because coming here and asking a question makes it much easier (safer) to filter crappy information. what kind of resources would i search for? search terms? specific sources?
re-reading this i suppose my question is not clear. i simply want my athlete to be able to perform barbell presses without his neck bothering him. is behind the neck presses dangerous?
pbn seem like it was a staple of many lifters for many many years. i think it might be like the overhead squat, many people just lack the baseline mobility and strenght in those positions to do it safely or with much load. i don't think it's inherently dangerous until overloaded. maybe it's not a good max effort type pressing move though..
if your athlete finds them comfortable, you might just try it including very light in the warm up and see how it goes.
otoh, if it's pressign strength that you're improving and need a workaround for a shoulder,elbow,neck issue; floor presses are a good go to move. parallel grip even better. you can move from these to bench to incline progressively.
i realize i didn't answer your question. somone else will get my rebound i'm sure.