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4 Secrets to improving Shoulder Mobility and Stability for the Athlete

Author: Maysa Hannawi

What is one of the most common complaints heard in a CrossFit gym? I tweaked my shoulder” “My shoulders feel tight” “I can’t go overhead today” “It hurts when I kip”

CrossFit is a sport known for its ability to make people push their limits and constantly challenge their perceptions of their own capabilities. In a sport where intensity is the name of the game, it is easy to forget that our bodies need to be taught how to handle the extreme stress we are constantly putting them under. From pull-ups to muscle ups, pushups to handstand push-ups and all the Olympics weightlifting in between, crossfitters are putting their shoulders under stress in various ways, at various angles, with varying loads…. and this is most likely occurring on a daily basis.

The main factors that lead to shoulder pain can be broken down into the following categories:

  • Shoulder weakness: which is can be described...
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3 Shoulder Exercises to Improve Your Mobility

Author: Peter Yu

Our shoulders are one of the most versatile and incredible joints in the human body. The shoulder is a “ball and socket joint” and allows for the most range of motion and mobility of any joint in the body. The shoulder requires that at least 12 muscles work together at any given time along with the scapula and humerus of the arm in order to allow for optimal shoulder motion and function. Because of the large range of motion our shoulders allow, it is often times not as stable as our other joints and can frequently become injured. Right now we are specifically looking at how we can improve our shoulder mobility and stability, in order to ensure optimal shoulder performance.

The Apley’s Scratch Test and the Seated Shoulder Flexion Test are two self examination screens you can perform on yourself to determine if you have adequate mobility at the shoulder.

 

TEST: Apley’s Scratch Test 
(Shoulder Internal External...

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