Treating patients with shoulder issues? Then this article is for YOU!
The supraspinatus, while one of the rotator cuff muscle, functions mostly to pull the deltoid head into the glenoid.If the supra shows any signs of weakness, it should be strengthened early in the exercise program, and at the lower (first 30 degrees) of elevation.
Every sport is unique, and requires unique motor control. As Physical Therapist, we all know which muscles function at each phase of the gait cycle. Similarly, as therapists, we need to understand the muscle activity during each phase of the sporting activity, and know the substitution patterns so that we can most accurately treat the athlete.
Specific stretches can be good for a patient, or they can be bad. When they are our patients, we can see that rationale and appropriate select the correct stretch. What do you do, however, if you are advising a team on warm up stretches? What do you take into consideration in selecting Team Warm-Ups and Cool Downs?
The serratus anterior functions as an ‘endurance’ muscle during the freestyle swim stroke. Thus, it needs special attention for team exercises and, if the swimmer is your patient, definitely check for any signs of weakness in the serratus. Typically, the serratus in one of the first muscles to fail: therefore it is commonly one the basis for early subtle signs.
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