Building a Better Front Rack: Shoulder and Trunk Stability Relationship
Today’s episode is about exploring the relationship of a mechanically sound shoulder position in the front rack and it’s effects on your upper back stability. The relationship is simple. You have to have a stable, well positioned trunk off of which you can organize the primary engine of the shoulder. Here is where it gets interesting. The stability and torque created by the well organized shoulder structure creates a reciprocating stabilizing effect on the trunk. This is the same effect that we see when we create torque at the hip to keep the pelvis and lumbar upright. In essence, having to cue “elbows up” all the time is really a pathomechanical cue that an athlete doesn’t have an optimized front rack position.