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DYNAMIC SHOULDER CONDITIONING

The interlinked infinity symbols represent the essential integration between shoulder Dynamics on the left and shoulder Conditioning on the right. 

There should be no time where either being programmed for or trained without consideration of the other. 

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SHOULDER DYNAMICS

At the heart of how we [re]think about creating a truly high performing upper body must be an ability to optimise specific shoulder mechanics, movement and kinetic chain integration in preparation for a specific task or environment. This includes:

  • Alignment + positioning

  • Arthrokinematics (joint motion)

  • Applied Neurology

  • Muscle action + force

  • Awareness

  • Chain integration

Shoulder CONDITIONING

What capabilities and capacities do we want the upper body to possess? How do we want it to behave under certain circumstances? This is often the focus of strength and conditioning coaches and personal trainers.

In this regard, conditioning refers to the progressive development of performance related motor skills involving the shoulder that prepare athletes for high level task execution and expression in a specific environment. To prepare for this it is important to consider:

TASK // SKILL

  • The activity or capability including the associated the movement patterns and desired performance outcome.

ENVIRONMENT

  • The arena in which the task/skill is performed

    • Predictable Vs Chaotic

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Integration

DYNAMIC SHOULDER CONDITIONING

The relationship and interaction between the shoulder dynamics and shoulder conditioning is the most important component in scaling performance by respecting design.

The performance level of shoulder Dynamics must be determined by the level of Conditioning we seek to achieve.

As we progress the level of Conditioning we must continue to maintain and scale Dynamics accordingly.

It is by embracing the complexity of the shoulder and respecting this interactive, mutually beneficial and interdependent relationship that we can build truly high performing shoulders.

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