Originally posted by 3XL
Upright rows are a popular exercise for targeting the shoulders and supporting musculature. Recently, though, many fitness professionals have been cautioning against their use. They claim that upright rows put excessive pressure on the shoulder joint and therefore can cause injury to this area.
Provided they are done correctly, however, upright rows are a great exercise for developing the shoulders. It's important, however, to avoid bringing your arms past shoulder level during performance. When abduction combined with internal rotation goes past 90 degrees, the greater tubercle of the humerus (upper arm bone) approaches the acromium (part of the shoulder blade) which can impinge on the supraspinatus tendon and long head of the biceps. This can result in damage to the connective tissue in the shoulder region and cause a debilitating injury.