Great post from another PT – does a great job explaining why having the ability to achieve a solid overhead position is so important, and all that goes into achieving it. And yes, you are a human being – you were meant to be able to lift overhead. OK, if you’ve had recent trauma or surgery (which is a sometimes necessary trauma), you have significant arthritic changes, or a severely degenerated rotator cuff, your movement capacities will be limited for sure. But for the vast majority of us, we can and should maintain the capacity to go overhead. So don’t accept the mantra that lifting overhead is “bad” for you. If you do it poorly, is it bad for you? Sure. But done well and regularly as part of an exercise program, it creates awesome shoulders and a buffer to injury.