Are you taking precautions to prevent shoulder injury?

In 2008 nearly 2 million US citizens went to their doctor because of a rotator cuff problem. This included athletes of all types as well as the average working american. An injury to the rotator cuff can have a devastating and long term effect if not treated properly. These injuries often lead to hours of physical therapy, steroid injections, and even surgeries that are painful and require a lot of time to heal.
The rotator cuff (also known as the S.I.T.S muscles) is comprised of four distinct muscles and their tendons that stabilize the shoulder. These muscles are the supraspinatus, infraspinatis, teres minor, and the subscapularis. Chances are if you have never heard of these muscles than you are not taking the precautions to prevent injury to them. These four small muscles are responsible for lifting and rotating the arm and are often overlooked or forgotten in almost every fitness program. By strengthening these muscles and creating balance with the exterior muscles of the shoulder the risk of injury is significantly reduced.
There are 3 simple exercises that isolate the rotator cuff and should be incorporated into every fitness program at least once a week to strengthen and reduce the risk of future shoulder problems. These 3 exercises include external rotation, internal rotation, and lateral raise with internal rotation. They are usually not used until an injury occurs or discomfort has already set in and a doctor or physical therapist prescribes them. Yes, if you have a shoulder injury or suffer from daily pain and discomfort these exercises can strengthen and rehabilitate an injury and prevent future ones, but I say "why wait"?
We all take precautions and put plans into effect to prevent the unexpected so why not take 30 minutes a week to reduce the risk of a shoulder injury? Everybody who participates in a sport or is a victim of repetitive motions to their shoulder should consider incorporating these exercises into their routines. Always remember, when you take on new exercises you should consult your doctor, physical therapist, or a fitness professional who can teach you the proper technique and ensure you utilize proper body alignment.
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Posted on 12 Feb 2012