SHOULDER WORKOUTS FOR INJURY PREVENTION
There is no way around it, Crossfit requires strong shoulders and good scapular health. From overhead squats to toes to bar, weak shoulders will lead to sub-par performances and possibly injury.
Poor shoulder position caused by weak or inactive muscles around the scapulae can stress tendons and ligaments around your shoulder girdle. This stress accumulates slowly, over weeks, months and even years. You may not notice these little micro injuries as they occur, but eventually that one final overhead squat with poor form could be the final straw that broke the camel’s shoulder.
If your scaps can’t move properly to get into strong positions, other parts of your shoulder such as the rotator cuff will have to try and compensate and move in ways that they are not designed to do so. This can result in rotator cuff tears, impingement, bursitis rotator cuff tendonitis/tendinosis and labrum injuries to name a few.
But don’t worry it’s not all doom and gloom, we’re here to show you how you can get scaps of steel!
HOW CAN I STRENGTHEN THEM?
Resistance bands are a useful tool to achieve this aim. Here are some examples of great scap strengthening exercises that you can use them for:
SHOULDER WORKOUTS – FACE PULLS
Use a band that provides a moderate resistance and perform 3 sets of 12-15 reps.