Throwers and Their Shoulders

The left shoulder and acromioclavicular joints...

The left shoulder and acromioclavicular joints, and the proper ligaments of the scapula. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Being a stand-a-lone strength coach with a high school team can stretch a guy. Many factors increase the challenge including the part time hours and the multiple sport athletes to name a couple.

A special category of athlete is the thrower (quarterback, javelin, or any baseball player especially the pitchers).  You also find many kids who do more than one of these throughout the year.

We do a good deal of shoulder stability work and stay away from certain exercises to care for the shoulder joint, but my throwers don’t always get the personal attention for program adjustments so I try to keep them educated.

I respect Mike Boyle and appreciate his common sense approach to athletic development.  I’m sharing a short video with you here from Mike that directly addresses how we approach the overhead press to best care for your shoulders. Hit me up if you have further questions on it.

Using these tips when working overhead lifts for the thrower and not skipping the shoulder mobility and stabilization exercises (SB rotations, plank & bird dog reaches, and TRX I-Y-T-M-X) will not only help prevent injury but will enhance your throwing ability.


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