shoulder mobility

Tune-Up Tuesday Episode 41: Prone Shoulder CARs

Controlled Articular Rotations (CARs) have been one of the best things since slice bread.  The crazy part is there is nothing magical about them.  CARs simply are movements that we do that force us to challenge our end ranges of motion allowing us to improve our joint health, improve our bodily control, and help us assess our bodies. 

Also, CARs can be done in numerous ways.  If you can move your joint from said position, you can challenge your range of motion in a number of ways. 

One of my favorite ways to challenge shoulder range of motion is by doing my shoulder CARs from the prone (lying on your stomach) position.  

Check out the video below to learn how.

Move Well, Stay Strong.

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Tune-Up Tuesday Episode 32: Shoulder Stability - Swimmer Hovers

When it comes to shoulder health, the ability to control the scapula plays an integral role.  The scapula are the two flat shaped bones that we refer to as our shoulder blades.

The scapula are designed to help keep our arms attached to our body; therefore, learning how to properly control the shoulder blade in various positions can help improve performance and decrease our risk of shoulder and neck pain. 

Here is one of my favorite drills to start improving scapular control and shoulder mobility.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns - let me know below!  If you found this helpful, please share!!!

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Tune-Up Tuesday Episode 15 - Improving Your Shoulder Health - The Scapula Part 2

In last weeks post, I discussed the concept of scapular stability and it's role in shoulder health.  

As a reminder, the shoulder needs three things to stay healthy:

  1. Good Shoulder Mobility
  2. Good Thoracic Spine Mobility.
  3. Good Scapular Control

This week is going to cover scapular control and why it's needed to make stuff work nice.

Even though the scapula is considered a "stable" joint in the joint-by-joint approach we spoke of last week, it still requires some degrees of mobility as well.  If the scapula was designed to be only stable, it would be fused to the ribs, versus having the ability to move around it.  

The ability to express movement of the scapula will allow for optimal kinematics of the shoulder, and allow for you to express improved stability in many different arm positions.  This leads to increased strength and reduced risk of injury.

Questions, Comments, Concerns?  Let me know below!

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Cueing the Arm Bar

Cueing the Arm Bar

In this post, I talk about how to properly cue the arm bar, and some steps you can take to get more out of this exercise.

Move Better Installment No. 2: Controlled Articular Rotations

Move Better Installment No. 2: Controlled Articular Rotations

This blog post is a follow up to last weeks post on CARs.  Learn how to correctly perform shoulder and hip CARs - as well as some key points needed to effectively perform Controlled Articular Rotations.