No matter how determined, dedicated and skilled your athletes may be, without proper prevention and rehabilitation, they put themselves at risk for injury. Injuries to the shoulder, like a rotator cuff injury, happens to be one of the most common injuries seen at orthopedic practices.
When your shoulder is injured, it can affect a large variety of muscles, ligaments and tendons in that area. Prevention and rehabilitation are the keys to all shoulder injuries both before and after they happen, and the right tools and exercises must be used. NZ Manufacturing offers solutions to help in the area.
The Anatomy of the Shoulder
Obviously, your actual shoulder is a bone. The upper arm bone (humerus), the collar bone (clavicle), and your shoulder blade in the back (scapula) are all connected and surrounded by cartilage, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Most of the time, with the exception of blunt trauma, shoulder injuries are not due to the actual bones breaking but instead all of the surrounding tissue being inflamed, sprained, strained, stretched and torn. This can be due to a variety of factors ranging from overuse to weakened muscles.
Using the NZ Manufacturing M365-MediCordz® band, many athletes have helped prevent shoulder injuries with exercises like the shoulder rope pulley which hangs on a doorway and works on strength and range of motion. NZ’s S117-TurfCordz® also is a great tool to preventatively strengthen your rotator cuff by utilizing both internal and external rotation.
Rehabilitation with Rotator Cuff Injury
Most often with a rotator cuff injury, the rotator cuff muscle is irritated and swells. This causes major cramping and inflammation between both the arm and shoulder bones and can sometimes cause swelling. Another type of rotator cuff injury happens to be a tear. If your rotator cuff is torn, it can affect both the muscle and the tendon. Recovery is not easy, but it is extremely possible. Exercises like high-to-low rows, getting down on one knee (stretching your arm out and then pulling your elbow toward your body so that your shoulder blades squeeze together), can help to strengthen and rebuild your otherwise irritated or torn muscles and tendons.
Another exercise utilizing a band would be the lawn mower pull. In this instance, you can place your StretchCordz® band under the opposite foot of the injured arm. Let the band go directly across your body and slowly straighten upright while your elbow moves up across your body like starting a manual lawn mower. Squeezing those muscles and those shoulder blades helps to strengthen and train your shoulders.
Using NZ Manufacturing’s StrechCordz®, MediCordz® and TurfCordz® gear, an athlete can do all of these exercises both in the athletic training room as well as on their own at home. Click here for more information on using resistance cords to prevent and treat shoulder injuries.
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