Prerequisites For Overhead Lifting – Part 2


In Part I of this series on prerequisites for overhead lifting, I discussed how it is sometimes necessary for people to ease into overhead training, especially if they are involved an activity where there is a lot of overhead work, and I discussed how to screen for appropriate overhead function.

In this second capsule, we look at movement screening.  There are two functional positions of the shoulder: a mobility position such as required for overhead pressing, push presses and push jerks, and a stability position for carries, holds, or for presses where the arms are further away from the head.  We get into a stable position by taking the full mobility of the shoulder overhead and voluntarily limiting it to create a stable base, comparable to bracing the spine for lifting, for example.

To screen for overhead movement, I often use the half-kneeling position because it limits the potential to compensate through thoracic extension or by shifting the hips forward.  That way, I get a true picture of whether the individual can get into a full overhead position.   We want to see whether the individual can perform a strict press without compensation, and then we want to see whether they can do this with their stability challenged.

Watch the full video to see 4 quick and easy screens for overhead lifting!