Activation Circuit

Ya, it’s been a while since my last post.  Life has been super busy lately.  Between fall ball officially ending and our true off-season training for baseball starting up, attending the ALDS, and World Series, as well as a few articles that you’ll see in the coming months, October was busy.  So with that behind me I can hopefully get …

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Humeral Retroversion – Part V

Our shoulder series continues with Part V today with a little bit about humeral retroversion in the overhead athlete.  If you missed the previous sections you can find them below. Shoulder Mobility and the Fist to Fist PART I Shoulder Series and the Sleeper – Part II External Impingement – PART III Internal Impingement of the Shoulder – PART IV Throwing athletes almost always …

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External Impingement – PART III

Continuing on with Part III of our shoulder series we come to impingement and its different forms.  There is internal, and external impingement.  Each comes with its own set of problems as well as treatments.  If you haven’t caught the other two previous parts you can find them below. Shoulder Mobility and the Fist to Fist – Part I Shoulder Series …

Rotator Cuff and the Towel

I’m no stranger to shoulder problems as I suffered through four shoulder surgeries during my time as an athlete.  Throughout all my rehab I always wondered what was the purpose of placing a towel under the arm during external rotation movements.  Well if you don’t know why you’re doing it either then you’re in the right place.  The towel actually increases …

Sleeper Stretch

Many of the athletes associated with throwing sports have experience with the sleeper stretch.  The sleeper stretch is for those with glenohumeral internal rotation deficits commonly known as GIRD.  This problem occurs most often in overhead throwing athletes.  Every time an athlete throws a ball there are huge distraction forces that occur at the release of the ball.  This repetitive stress causes …

Are your scaps working?

When we do pulling movements we should be thinking about retraction and depression of the scapulae (shoulder blades).  Many athletes perform pulling movements incorrectly, compensating with humeral hyperextension.  In humeral hyperextension the humerus moves behind the torso with no action coming from the retraction of the shoulder blades.   As athletes pull only with the arms the scapula goes into anterior tilt, and loses all stability.  …

The Other Shrug

I’m sure a lot of coaches and athletes out there have seen the overhead shrug done before but may wonder why it’s good for shoulder health.  Lets start out by examining the anatomy of the scap a little bit.  There are three muscles responsible for upward rotation of the scapula.  Again, upward rotation of the scapula is extremely important for …

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Individualized Training for Recovery

I think that one of the most important areas of sports training that is being overlooked is how the athlete body feels.  The athlete’s body is always right.  You as a coach may think you know what’s going in inside, but in reality it’s always your best guesstimate.  Knowing how your athlete’s body is responding to the training, practices, school …