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The 500th Video; Great Sub-Scap Shoulder Smash Drill


Posted on November 29th, by Juliet in Blog, bubo, rotator cuff, serratus anterior, shoulder, shoulder pain, sub scap, subscapularis.

Hey Leopard Legion,

Today’s MWod episode is a great fix for those pesky tight tissues of your armpit/scap region.  When athletes are missing basic range of motion (Ie. they are dys-supple) the body has to account for force generation in those compromised and compensated positions.  For example, if your shoulder sits anterior in the socket (Delta-Bravo shoulder postion) muscles of your rotator cuff like the subscapularis have to work in really horrific positions.  This is one of the reasons why poor positioning begets poor mobility (it’s a wonderfully developed positive feed back loop that creates work for doctors, physios, chiros, osetos, etc).   So a matted down sub scap is likely just  a symptom of poor shoulder mechanics.   So, fix your shoulder mechanics, and treat the symptom.  We  work with some pretty badass/strong athletes, I have to get my hands pretty fired up to get into the armpit of the likes of a Diane Fu or Jesse Burdick.  So I don’t.  Instead, they are waaaay more effective at treating this stiff rotator cuff tissue.  Heck, you’ve already gone to the trouble of tapping or voodoo flossing a ball to a barbell. Might as well clean up this shoulder while you are at it.

Mission:  Two min a side.

Test/Restest:  Shoulder extension and pull up

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