Last week in Part 1 of this articles series, Dan and I offered two videos diving into how assessments and targeted mobility work can greatly help for CrossFit athletes who struggle with shoulder pain. Today in Part 2 we want to cover one of the most crucial areas to shoulder health in anyone training CrossFit: rotator cuff strength work, and horizontal pulling balances. Unfortunately, this is also an area that we see often overlooked in athletes from the recreational level all the way up to professional Regional/Games level athletes.

 

Want to Learn More?

If you are someone who wants to learn more about shoulder health in CrossFit athletes, keep an eye out for the huge new product Dan and I are releasing next month. It will cover everything we think about in terms of why shoulder pain is such a problem in CrossFit, our recommendations for people returning back to training, maintenance care for the shoulder, and the exact exercises we use to help people. To get exclusive updates and bonus deals on this shoulder pain product, definitely sure you sign up for the SHIFT Insider CrossFit Newsletter. As a thank you gift for joining, you will get our free Front Rack mobility and correction flow sheet.

Research Notes

Just as with last week, Dan and I really believe in educating people with a combination of practical training tips but also evidence based science that is available. If you are someone who wants to dive more into the research, here are some great studies to check out.

Stay tuned for next week where Dan starts to dive into concepts related to programming, periodization, and training load. For now, hope this is helpful!

Dave Tilley DPT, SCS, CSCS