One of the most common areas of the body prone to injury are the shoulders. If you want to prolong your CrossFitting days, then keeping your shoulders healthy should be high on your list of priorities.
But how exactly do you ensure that your shoulders stay injury free? Well the short answer is...you can't. But what you can do is minimise the risk of developing an injury in the most injury prone area of the body.
The shoulder is a relatively unstable joint, meaning it is more likely to damage or develop issues. To achieve stability at the shoulder joint, it is important to ensure the smaller muscles of the shoulder (the rotator cuff muscles) are evenly balanced in strength.
When the rotator cuff is not balanced or there are some muscles which fail to fire like they should, the shoulder becomes unstable. This is also a cause of poor posture and can result in shoulders rounding as well as painful movement.
It can also significantly reduce the range of movement at the shoulder, meaning your performance in CrossFit, sport and life is impacted.
Below, I have listed a few exercises to help to strength the often neglected muscles of the shoulder. Complete 2 or 3 sets of 12-15 reps at a low weight to develop strength and balance to the shoulder joint. It is recommended to do these exercises pre training or even daily.
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