Written by: Emilie Smale, Certified Athletic Therapist
High amounts of repetitive forces go through the shoulder in throwing athletes such as football and baseball. These repetitive forces often cause shoulder and elbow pain. Often, when an individual is feeling pain at a particular location, its cause could be elsewhere. The ‘elsewhere’ in throwing athletes could likely be the shoulder blade, or scapula. The scapula should move with the shoulder joint with every throwing movement. For every 2 degrees the shoulder moves, the scapula should be gliding at a 2:1 ratio along the rib cage. This gliding ratio is also needed in activities such as volleyball, painting a wall, and lifting items onto a high shelf. If this proper ratio cannot be achieved, excess stress may go through the shoulder and elbow to try to achieve the desired range of motion. This excess stress could result in pain.
If you think that your current shoulder or elbow pain could be caused by lack of mobility at the shoulder blade, try out the following exercises.
Side Lying Half Moon Chest Opener
Foam Roller Wall Slides
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