Scap Wall Slides for Throwing Athletes

Scap wall slides are great for the overhead athlete to activate the serratus anterior, a big time muscle for the overhead / throwing athlete. The serratus is an overlooked muscle in the grand scheme of shoulder function, but it might be on the of the most important for throwing athletes.  Right now, we’re perfomring scap wall slides as an … Continue reading Scap Wall Slides for Throwing Athletes

Pull-ups, or Chin-ups

I read this article a while back in the NSCA Journal and forgot about it until I saw a post by Mike Reinold earlier this week.  Surface Electromyographic Activation Patterns and Elbow Joint Motion During a Pull-Up, Chin-Up, or Perfect-Pullup™ Rotational Exercise If you haven’t read the article its pretty evident that it compares muscle activation during the … Continue reading Pull-ups, or Chin-ups

Activation Circuit

Ya, it’s been a while since my last post.  Life has been super busy lately.  Between fall ball officially ending and our true off-season training for baseball starting up, attending the ALDS, and World Series, as well as a few articles that you’ll see in the coming months, October was busy.  So with that behind … Continue reading Activation Circuit

External Impingement – PART III

Continuing on with Part III of our shoulder series we come to impingement and its different forms.  There is internal, and external impingement.  Each comes with its own set of problems as well as treatments.  If you haven’t caught the other two previous parts you can find them below.  Shoulder Mobility and the Fist to … Continue reading External Impingement – PART III

Shoulder Series and the Sleeper – Part II

We’ll continue our shoulder series with Part II today.  Be sure to read Part I if you haven’t already.  So with the athlete in question that we talked about in Part I the overwhelming question is what do we do with him now.  Well the non glamorous answer is that we just have to stretch him.  … Continue reading Shoulder Series and the Sleeper – Part II

Bench Press vs. Pushup

The pushup article I posted on EliteFTS.com has been a popular link lately and yesterday I got a question on the article from Brian.  It’s a good question and one that confuses a lot of people.  What You Don’t Know about the Push-up Could you explain why you say, “The scapula is allowed to go … Continue reading Bench Press vs. Pushup

Upper Crossed Syndrome II

With upper crossed syndrome the first thing we need to work on is releasing the over-active area including the pectoralis complex as well as the levator scapula and upper traps.  There are several methods of decreasing the tone in the over-active group.  Soft tissue work is by far my favorite method.  That includes various forms … Continue reading Upper Crossed Syndrome II

Upper Crossed Syndrome I

A few weeks back we took a look at Lower Crossed Syndrome (Part I / Part II) in which the glutes and rectus abdominus are weak and inhibited and the hip flexors, and lumbar erectors are tight and overactive.  Today, we’ll look at that equivalent in the upper body.  Again this is the pioneering work of Vladamir Janda.  He was one … Continue reading Upper Crossed Syndrome I

Protraction and the bench press

Question: Isn’t the bench press training the scapula just the same as the pushup?  Wouldn’t this hit my serratus every time I bench press?  First off the bench press and most forms of db bench presses do not allow for movement whatsoever of the scapulae.  The scaps are pinned beneath the athlete’s body to the bench.  Typically no movement occurs.   Efficient … Continue reading Protraction and the bench press

The Other Shrug

I’m sure a lot of coaches and athletes out there have seen the overhead shrug done before but may wonder why it’s good for shoulder health.  Lets start out by examining the anatomy of the scap a little bit.  There are three muscles responsible for upward rotation of the scapula.  Again, upward rotation of the … Continue reading The Other Shrug