Category Archives: Shoulder

Learn about the shoulder: causes for pain,dysfunction, prevenative treatements, lots of dynamic exercises.

Swimmers: Exercises for improving Shoulder Durability

Today I want to share a few  exercises for improving the motor coordination and durability of a swimmer’s shoulder. While there is a lot more to a complete shoulder care program ( thoracic spine mobility, tissue quality, breathing, core stability … Continue reading

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Swimmers: Eight strength training mistakes to avoid.

1. Over training the shoulders. It’s common for elite swimmers who compete year round to easily train in excess of 50,000 yds a week. With that comes an awful lot of overhead repetition. Needless to say, with high aerobic volumes and … Continue reading

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Recommended Reading: Push Ups, Shoulder IR, Core Stability,Golden Goggles

 Progressing the Push Up: Kevin Carr  The versatility of the push up allows for easy implementation into any dryland program. It’s execution on the other hand, isn’t always so straight forward. In this article, Coach Kevin Carr, outlines several fantastic progressions. Shoulder … Continue reading

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Recommended Reading: Power, Shoulder Muscles, Breathing, Hip Flexors, Vagen Videos

Heavy Lifting: Building Strength, Power Through Resistance Tools: Micheal J. Scott This recent article in Swimming World Magazine explores the topic of resistance and power training methodologies among several successful coaches. The majority of focus is on the implementation of  in-the-pool resistance training.  Coach Stager … Continue reading

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The Shoulder: What every swim coach/ athlete should know – Scapular Rotation

Previously we discussed how breathing can effect the shoulder. Today we’ll be covering…… Scapular downward rotation and depression syndromes What is scapular rotation? It’s what gives the shoulder the ability to flex and laterally abduct all the way overhead.  This motion doesn’t … Continue reading

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The Shoulder: What every coach/swimmer should know – Breathing

Previously we covered the topic of shoulder stretching. Continuing on with some information on the shoulder we have: Breathing Impairments Breathing is an often over looked subject matter that can pertain to healthy shoulder performance.  The way in which an athlete actually takes each breath can affect … Continue reading

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Considerations for the Kipping Pull Up

With regards to the growing popularity of cross fit,  and more specifically, the attraction to the kipping pull up, I would like to offer the following considerations. This is not meant to discredit the exercise or anyone who uses it. First and … Continue reading

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The Bird-Dog Swim Pull

COR Dr. John Mullen over at Swimming Science recently got me thinking about a particular topic; Training the posterior oblique sling. (btw, be sure to check out John’s posts, he is a frequent blogger who presents some awesome questions and topics.) … Continue reading

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The Shoulder: What every Swim Coach/Athlete should know – Stretching

This will further continue our discussion on the shoulder. To recap, so far we’ve covered: The rotator cuff Appreciating the Labrum The Shoulder Blade is King Posture Impingement Tendinopathies and now……………….. Topic #7: Stretching Like most sports, various stretching techniques have been grandfathered … Continue reading

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The Shoulder: What every Swim Coach/Athlete should know – Tendinopathy

Today we continue with this series on the shoulder. If you’ve yet to do so, go on and check out: The Rotator Cuff The Glendoid Labrum and The Shoulder Blades Posture and Impingement and for today, we’ll be covering: Tendinopathy Instances … Continue reading

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The Shoulder: What every Swim Coach/Athlete should know – Posture and Impingement

Earlier in this shoulder series we covered The Gleniod Labrum and the important roll of the scapula.  Today’s Topics: Posture Impingement Syndromes # 4 Posture Posture has created a lot of buzz over the past few years.  Mostly it stems from the premise that we … Continue reading

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The Shoulder: What every Swim Coach/Athlete should know – The Labrum and Scapula

Today we continue with our shoulder series. If you missed the previous post on the rotator cuff, be sure to go back and check it out. In today’s post we’ll be covering the following topics:  Appreciating the Glenoid Labrum  The shoulder Blade … Continue reading

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The Shoulder: What every Swim Coach/Athlete should know – Rotator Cuff function

Today we are going to start a series on the shoulder joint. In total we’ll cover several topics that we feel are important for swimmers/coaches to understand or at least consider about shoulder function.  We’ll  get started with topic numero uno. – … Continue reading

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