Injury Prevention for the Shoulder

Various orthopedic injuries may affect the shoulder of anyone involved in athletics.  Whether it be through strength training or activities involved in a specific sport, shoulder pain is not an uncommon issue facing active individuals.  When looking at chronic pain issues around the shoulder, there are various activities one may do to prevent chronic pain resulting from tendinopathies or impingment at the shoulder.

The following are some activities that may be incorporated into a warm-up regimen, or used as an extra work out to help prevent or decrease shoulder pain:

Band Pull-Apart

YTWL Series

Shoulder Tractioning, Scapular Wall Slides

Dynamic Blackburns

Lat Stretch

You will notice that most of these exercises deal with the muscles surrounding the scapula.  Even though strengthening the rotator cuff is very important, individuals tend to neglect the muscles surrounding the scapula.  Poor control of the scapula can lead to many chronic issues at the shoulder (i.e. rotator cuff tendonitis, impingement, etc).

Try incorporating some of these into your upper body strength warm-up routine, or as an extra workout to address weak or deficient areas.

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