latissimus dorsi Tag

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!