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Exercise of the Month – February 2017

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Happy Shoulders

Shoulder Impingement otherwise named subacromial impingement, painful arc syndrome, supraspinatus syndrome, swimmers shoulder or throwers shoulder occurs when the tendons of the rotator cuff become irritated and inflamed as they pass through the subacromial space. This is a common thing we see with Central Coast athletes involved in swimming sports and throwing sports!

This can result in pain and weakness with overhead use of the arm and if not treated it can lead to impaired joint mobility, painful bursitis and debilitating loss of shoulder strength.

2 Exercises that can assists with impingement are Scaption and the Push up plus.

These can be graded according the level of injury.
1. Scaption/ Full Cans
Hold dumbbells (start light) with the thumbs pointing upwards can do standing or seated.
Keep the chest/sternum lifted and shoulders open, lift the dumbbells up to shoulder level in a V.
2. Push Up plus
From a full plank position fingers slightly turned inwards hands just wider than shoulder width apart, eye line between the finger tips do a normal push up at the top of the movement keep pushing upwards separating the shoulder blades.

See video below for a demonstration on how to perform the "Push Up Plus"

These exercises should not cause pain. If you are having trouble with these exercises or other exercises, please contact us on the details below to organise an appointment.


Thanks to our Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Coast Sport team member Leigh-Anne McBrideExercise physiologist McBride for preparing this exercise of the month.

To book in with Leigh-Anne to get some happy shoulders, call us on 4356 2588 or use the book online button below!


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