AT DYNAMIC SHOULDER CONDITIONING, WE AIM TO BRIDGE THE GAP, FILLING THE VOID BETWEEN THE PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES USED BY PHYSIOTHERAPY AND STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING WHEN IT COMES TO CREATING A TRULY HIGH PERFORMING SHOULDER.
Physiotherapy is effective at treating injury and rehabilitation but generally does not extend far enough towards preparing physically ambitious people to return to the level of activity intensity they desire.
On the flip side, upper body strength training practices, strength and conditioning coaches and personal trainers generally lack the detailed understanding of what a high performing shoulder requires at a fundamental level. There is a lack of awareness of the training modalities that can be applied to scale shoulder stability in line with strength progression.
We believe that Industry professionals will have greater success if they have a better understanding of the fundamental structural and stabilisation requirements of the shoulder and how to integrate these into any strategy that scales performance towards a desired objective.
A TRULY HIGH PERFORMING SHOULDER SHOULD:
Be free from pain, resilient to injury + be able to move biomechanically well with precision, control and confidence.
Be able to adapt to periodised progressive overload and deliver desired performance levels whilst continuing to fulfil point one.
Put simply, how can we better train the upper body to continually perform better and not break?
what the research says
Players attending the NFL draft between 2009 and 2016 who had history of shoulder injury.
Frangiamore SJ et al.
Shoulder injuries in collegiate football athletes: Impact on draft status and professional performance. Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine. 2017
Athletes competing in overhead sports whilst at university who have experienced a shoulder injury.
Wright AA et al.
Exercise prescription for overhead athletes with shoulder pathology: A systematic review with best evidence synthesis.
British Journal of Sports Medicine 2016
Percentage of shoulder dislocations in rugby that happen in the final third of a game.
C. Montgomery et al.
A systematic video analysis of the mechanisms of shoulder dislocations in professional Rugby Union. Sports Surgery Clinic. 2018
67 - 80%
The percentage of people with shoulder injury that have scapula dyskinesis.
Kibler W, Sciascia A.
The role of the scapula in preventing and treating shoulder instability. Knee Surgury, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy. 2016
Research and experience suggest that there is a need to [re]think the principles and methods that we use to train the upper body.
We need to stop applying lower body thinking to upper body training and better respect the design of the shoulder if we are to lower injury rates and support continued progression in endurance, strength, speed and power.
CURRENT RESEARCH IS BIASED TO BEING FED BY WHAT IS HAPPENING DOWNSTAIRS.
THE UPPER BODY HAS NOT BEEN AS WELL THOUGHT OUT.