The Shoulder is an extremely complex joint, as explained here. Finding the causes of shoulder pain is tricky at best, but there are some key items to keep in mind when training athletes to reduce the rate of shoulder injuries with your athletes.
Below is a list of risk factors that predispose athletes to a shoulder injury. This is not an all inclusive list, but a rather very good start when trying to identify who is at risk.
- Core Stability – The core is no doubt the foundation for all movement. Without a stable core, the extremities will struggle to maintain control.
- Neurological Patterning – Linking the upper and lower extremities along fascial lines and specific sling systems is paramount for controlling the entire body. Having tons of strength doesn’t do a lot of good if you can’t turn on the correct muscles in the right sequence.
- Power – Powerful athletes don’t put themselves in poor positions where they are exposed to injury. And, if they do get into suspect positions, they are able to pull themselves out of them without being hurt.
- Upper Body Mobility – Mobility specifically in the pecs and thoracic spine play a MAJOR role in shoulder stability.
- Asymmetries – Research shows that asymmetries are one of the largest indicators of future injury. Any type of asymmetry will change mechanics and loading principles and exposing them to injury.
Also, our PROvention™ training system is designed to address the factors listed above. There are several key components that make the PROvention™ system extremely effective. Click on each component to learn more:
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