Volleyball and swimming are examples of sports that require frequent overhead motions. It is inevitable that at some point, that the athlete will experience a shoulder injury. Most shoulder problems are the result of improper movement mechanics such as poor scapular (shoulder blade) control, reduced thoracic mobility, and even inadequate lumbar stability. It stands to reason then, that a total body approach is required to prevent and treat shoulder dysfunctions.
Starting form the “ground up” with stabilizing hip and lumbar control, and then moving up the chain to the shoulder will allow the athlete to perform the correct motion required for their sport.
Examples of techniques that require combined movement patterns are as follows:
- Lunge walks with overhead press. Kettlebells are ideal as they require more stability to control
- Step up with press
- Shoulder extension plank
As the athlete improves the whole chain, the movement patterns required for the specific sport can be reintroduced enabling enhanced performance and reduced chance of further injury.