Shoulder

The latissimus dorsi, or the lats for short, play a huge role in shoulder function and health. Often times, these muscles become tight after injury, surgery, immobilization, or simply a lack of stretching or repetitive lat overuse/overdevelopment! Because they act to internally rotate and depress the shoulder girdle, they can severely limit your ability to achieve an optimal overhead position. This is a very important position for just about anyone who does anything with their arms overhead: weightlifters performing snatches, swimmers swimming, crossfitters performing kipping pull-ups, volley players spiking the ball, tennis players serving, baseball players throwing, or gymnasts performing handstands. Because so many individuals need full overhead mobility, stretching the lats is a part of many athlete's [P]Rehab programs. This article will show you some of the best lat stretches out there, and more importantly, how to maintain your overhead mobility after lat stretching!

Shoulder issues are one of the most common orthopedic/musculoskeletal conditions treated. It is likely you know someone in your life that is or has dealt with a shoulder injury. There are thousands of different orthopedic surgeries performed every single year on the shoulder. There are even more shoulder cases in physical therapy and other health care clinics that are trying to be managed. What we have noticed over the years is the demand for shoulder content from healthy individuals. People don't want to wait until something happens to learn about shoulder health, they want to invest in their health now proactively with shoulder prehab. In this article, we will feature our recently launched Shoulder [P]Rehab Program including the story behind it, some insider access to content from the program, and really our goal to educate the masses about why you should be doing shoulder prehab now.

The Shoulder is a complicated body part. With its complexity, proximal body parts are often overlooked when creating shoulder [P]rehab programs.ย The glenohumeral joint (shoulder) sits on the scapula (shoulder blade) which moves in accord with the thoracic spine (mid-Back). Aย Shoulder [P]Rehab program is not comprehensive unless all components of the shoulder are addressed. This article will guide you in how to Bulletproof Your Shoulders! The free program this article includes can be utilized by anyone seeking how to improve shoulder health!

This article is all about basketball shoulder instability rehab! Shoulder injuries are not uncommon in basketball. Shoulder instability can be the result of a shoulder dislocation, labrum injury, or secondary to musculoskeletal or neurological impairments. In this article, you will learn more about shoulder instability in general and how to address it with early, middle, and late rehab progressions. More importantly, you will learn how to prescribe basketball shoulder instability rehab for the basketball athlete.

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!

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 before lifting, which includes some of our favorite mobility drills, stretches, and exercises that should be a part of everyone's shoulder maintenance.

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 plays an important role in improving basketball performance.

The scapula is one of the least congruent joints in the body. There is no bony articulation between the scapula and the thorax. This is why the scapula can move so easily, essentially it is a free floating bone that can move into protraction/retraction, elevation/depression, anterior tilt/posterior tilt, internal/external rotation and upward/downward rotation. This video will help you visualize scapula movements. We can not change the structure of this scapulothoracic joint, ย however we can improve scapular control! Scapula position is almost fully determined by the pulling of muscle groups that attach onto the scapula. The scapula is the core of the upper body, ย this is where force ย comes in through and gets distributed out of. This article will demonstrate exercises that you can do on ย your own ย to ย improve your scapula control. ย 

Serratus Anterior, which is also known as the โ€œBig Swing Muscleโ€ or โ€œBoxerโ€™s muscleโ€ due to its effectiveness of protracting the scapula. Not only does this muscle have a cool name, but it is also needed for a plethora of arm movements; weather open chain (punching/grabbing something out of the cabinet) or closed chain (pushups, planks, downward dogs, or handstands). Due to its large role in stabilizing the scapula, ย inadequate strength here is often the culprit of Scapula Winging.ย This article will demonstrate a few exercises to improve activation and control of this Scapula Stabilizer in open kinetic chain.