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Posterior Shoulder Mobility Drills

Got shoulder pain? A tight posterior cuff is associated with a handful of shoulder dysfunctions like subacrominal impingement syndrome, posterior impingement, anterior instability, etc. And thus, increasing posterior shoulder mobility is part of the treatment protocol for many with shoulder pain. There’s a high probability increasing your posterior shoulder mobility will help, and we’re going to show you some of our favorite posterior shoulder mobility drills that you can perform NOW to give you some relief!

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The Ultimate Shoulder Warm-up

Healthy shoulders are essential to participate in life, exercise, and recreational activities without pain or restrictions. However, healthy shoulders require maintenance and attention. Below you learn the ultimate shoulder warm-up, which includes some of our favorite mobility drills, stretches, and exercises that should be a part of everyone’s shoulder maintenance.

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How to Properly Perform The Banded Side Step

Banded side steps….ooooh so fancy and sexy! 🤣But really, there is an over-obsession with the banded side step exercise in the fitness community and most don’t really need to do this exercise if they are already healthy and strong as the maximum voluntary isometric contraction (MVIC) for the gluteus medius in the exercise is not even at an adequate level for true strength gains (<40% MVIC). However, in the rehab setting, the banded side step and all its variations (e.g. monster walks) are great for re-training proper movement patterns and neuromuscular control. Furthermore, bands are a great way to increase the MVIC in the exercise and challenge the patient even further.

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Basketball Prehab Warm Up

This article will feature 5 different phases of a dynamic basketball prehab warm up. The dynamic warm up will be broken up into dynamic mobility, glute activation, core activation, agility activation, and plyometric activation. Each of these 5 phases play a dynamic role in improving basketball performance.

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Serratus Anterior

Serratus Anterior, which is also known as the “Big Swing Muscle” or “Boxer’s muscle” due to it’s effectiveness of protracting the scapula. Not only does this muscle have a cool name, it is needed for a plethora of arm movements; weather open chain (punching/grabbing something out of cabinet) or closed chain (pushups, planks, downward dogs, or handstands). Due to it’s large role in stabilizing the scapula,  inadequate strength here is often the culprit of Scapula Winging. This article will demonstrate a few exercises to improve activation and control of this Scapula Stabilizer in open kinetic chain. […]

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How To Excel At Pull-Ups And Why You Might Be Struggling

When it comes to performing pull-ups, whether it’s accomplishing your first rep ever, or chasing a new PR, using proper form will make or break your success, and can help keep your body feeling good. The pull-up is a very technical exercise and is one that involves so much more than simply moving your body to and from the bar. While upper body strength matters, your entire body must work as a synchronized unit, and there are many components that will ensure you are performing pull-ups to your full potential.

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Advanced Lateral Ankle Sprain Exercises And Interventions

This article will cover advanced lateral ankle sprain exercises and interventions. We have written a previous ankle prehab article on how to prehab your ankles and initially manage a lateral ankle sprain. However, how do you get the ankle back to 100%? What exercises should you include in the athlete’s training sessions to best prepare them for returning to play? What can clinicians do hands-on to rehab and help support a lateral ankle sprain? Read more to find out!

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Prehab Your Groin

If you have played ice hockey or soccer before you are probably familiar with tweaking your Groin (Adductor). A groin strain is an injury to the muscle tendon unit of the adductor tendon or its insertion onto the pubic bone. The reason groin strains are so common during hockey and soccer is because it requires such a strong eccentric contraction of the adductor musculature. Other sports that require twisting, turning, kicking, and sprinting including tennis, rugby, football (American), basketball, and running have also historically caused groin strains.  This Article will give you actionable exercises on how to Prehab your Groin Strain. […]

Blood Flow Restriction Training in a Nutshell

If you’re in any which way connected to the rehabilitation, sports medicine, or athletic performance worlds, you’ve probably heard the word “blood flow restriction” or “BFR” at some point. A growing body of evidence now supports the use of using blood flow restriction combined with low-load resistance training to enhance hypertrophic and strength responses in skeletal muscles. Blood flow restriction training utilizes the application of an inflatable pneumatic cuff or wraps around a limb to limit the amount of blood flow available to the exercising muscle. The goal is to fully occlude venous blood flow out of the exercising limb and restrict a certain percentage of blood flow into the exercising limb.  […]