The rotator cuff and scapula make up the shoulder complex. The stresses of the throwing motion on the shoulder are greater than any other athletic activity.
During the throwing motion they are responsible for stabilizing and centering the head of the humerus in the socket.
They compress the shoulder in the socket. The exercises that will assist in this process must be extremely precise and specific to the demands of the overhead athlete. There are thousands of exercises that are available that are intended to strengthen the RTC and shoulder stabilizers. I was exposed to many of these during my therapy as a professional pitcher and have prescribed thousands myself. During my therapy I did the exercises wrong and created more of a positional shift in my shoulder that prolonged my rehab. It wasn’t until I started to investigate the purpose of exercise in my physical therapy education that I realized why I had such a hard time recovering from my surgeries. My mechanics were the cause of my injury but the exercises I did to strengthen my shoulder caused part of the problem. This is why I thought it was so important to expose the correct way to do RTC and scapular stabilization exercise. I turn on the TV every day and see professional pitchers with bands attached to fence posts doing RTC exercises incorrectly. It still amazes me that even at that level there isn’t more attention paid to the specificity of exercise with that much money being paid to these athletes. I have learned through working with thousands of throwers that the key to a strong RTC and injury free performance is not how much exercise you do, but how you do it and for what specific purpose.
Narrowing down the number was the most difficult part. I wanted athletes to benefit the most from the most beneficial exercises. This is why I included these 12 exercises, which I know if done correctly will keep you further away from injury and help keep you on the field.
Each exercise must be done perfectly in order for it to be effective. We will demonstrate how and also explain why so you can know what to do and why you need to do it right. Nothing makes me more upset than when I see a pitcher who ends up injured that already went to therapy once and ends up re-injured because the exercises given to them weren’t explained thoroughly and demonstrated correctly.
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