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Old 02-23-2011
RadSwim RadSwim is offline
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Default Scapular stability

Links to this article on active.com were recently published on the USMS discussion forum.

The article is a concise lesson on strengthening scapular stabilizers.

http://www.active.com/fitness/Articl..._stability.htm

The exercises illustrated are widely used in the treatment of swimmer's shoulder and its prevention.

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Old 02-23-2011
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RadSwim, Thanks for the link. I posted on your thread in the above forum as well. Interestingly...as my TI swimming has continued to progress, I feel that my posterior delts & rhomboids are becoming stronger and more toned...not due to specific focus on that area, but due to focusing on the specifics of TI that allow me to swim with less stress on the shoulders, proper recovery arm without over extension of the shoulder (causing winging of the scaplula and stretching of the anterior muscles of the rotator cuff & deltoid), etc.

While the exercises in the article may look "familiar" to a lot of people, most are not familiar with the movement of the scapula during their freestyle stroke. Anyone who is able to become more attuned to how the scapula slides arounnd the ribcage and assists with the stroke is going to be a better swimmer.
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I've done exercises like those for many years, and long considered 'stabilizing the scapula' via land exercise essential to avoiding shoulder pain.

However in recent years, as my stroke mechanics have continued a decades-long progress toward intrinsic stabilization -- i.e. inherent in the movement, not the result of therapeutic exercise -- I've had to rely far less on such exercise, which used to be a staple for me.

And I do have an unstable left shoulder. I can feel and hear it move in undesirable ways in a variety of routine daily activities. This is the result of a rotator cuff tear in that shoulder from an auto accident in 1997. Because of that instability, even with impeccably-stable technique I do get shoulder pain from time to time.

But I've learned that pain is a result of knots in the scapular and sub-scapular region which results from those muscles having to compensate for structural instability in the shoulder.

When I get massage, it's virtually always focused on there. When the therapist gets into one of those scapular knots, there's a real fire in there -- and I feel referred pain in the precise spot where my shoulder has been hurting.

Once the knot is released my shoulder pain goes away.
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Old 03-14-2011
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Default Questions on scapular stability

I have two questions on the above:

Suzanne, how might one "become more attuned to how the scapula slides around the ribcage"? I really have no idea that it does, or how to be aware of it.

Terry, do you work on "intrinsic scapular stability" as a goal in itself, or does it happen while you're doing everything else?

I ask because of have spent many hours in physical therapy, learning and doing all of those exercises, and am still not sure they actually work.
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