The Stiff Shoulder Solution
How Older Adults and Masters Athletes fix their shoulders and improve performance
Our shoulders take a licking and keep on ticking…until they don’t. Sometimes it starts with some shoulder stiffness, maybe some aches and pains. However, the underlying issue is present long before symptoms appear, and that is immobile shoulder blades, or scapulas. In the majority of our senior fitness or masters athlete clients we see this stiff shoulder syndrome where the scapulas don’t move as they should.
According to Dr. Mike Reeder (a shoulder orthopedic doctor), most shoulder issues can be improved through scapular training (movement and mobility). I got these 3 exercises from him and want to share them with you. They are the bent-over T, Y, and Scarecrow. One fringe benefit from these series that I love, is that it trains you to brace your core and back in this bent-over or deadlift position.
In case you didn’t catch all the phases of the exercises, below are the 3 distinct positions: the starting position, the shoulders moving, and the arms moving into position.