Mobilize, Activate, Move… Surf Shoulders
I think I’m close to a shoulder operation…. and it’s no fun. In all honesty, I’m pretty good with shoulder rehab, training, tissue work etc., but sometimes injuries are just too destructive to deal with non-surgically.
I bothered my shoulder on Friday doing some heavy sprint work… (sprint work is really good for power training and explosiveness). Check out – Sprints: Workout In The Park and Surfer Power Training.
So, I bothered the shoulder pretty darned good, and intended to rest it. I was taking a drive up to skate a bowl in northern Sydney, and stopped at Curl Curl to check the surf… it was super-fun. 3-4foot wedges, dumping on the inside bar.
I went out against better judgement, and on the 5th wave I felt it go… it was nauseating. If any of you guys have felt that feeling, you know how much it sucks. Surf was quickly over (did get a couple good waves), but got out thinking “that’s gonna be a 20grand operation”.
I had an acute injury, and went out against better judgement. Some of you guys and gals may not have acute injuries, but you probably have some type of dysfunction or postural offset. This can be bad news, and could set you up for an injury down the road.
I want to give you a few things you can work on to clean up those shoulders, and have some Happy Surf Shoulders, cause mine ain’t too happy now. (I realise ain’t ain’t proper english, but i’m using it for effect).
Mobilize, Activate, Integrate Movement, and Get Em’ Moving
Here’s what you’re accomplishing with that series of goodness.
- Mobilising tissue on the anterior shoulder, and posterior rotator cuff. The anterior chest tissue can pull the scapula/shoulder girdle out of proper alignment. The posterior rotator cuff can get some gnarly trigger points and adhesions… get rid of them.
- Activating Lower Trapezius (to help reposition the scapula) and continuing to mobilise anterior chest tissue. This is basically activating the external rotators of the humerus and the upward rotators of the scapula, while continuing to open up the front of the shoulders, which get pulled forward from you sitting at a desk and staring at a computer for too long (but keep staring at this article because it’s rad!)
- Integrating movement, swinging those arms, and letting the nervous system realise the new range of motion, and you’re getting things moving!!!
More Happy Shoulder Stuff…
Full Upper Body Pre-Surf Warmup Sequence
Surfers’ Rotator Cuff Training
Put It All Together with Surf Athlete Training Program
Surfers Shoulders – Essential Shoulder Training is one part of the Surf Training Success program, and gives you the step-by-step process to correcting your nagging shoulder issues.
Stop surfing with pain, discover Recovery Secrets to the muscle activations and tissue release, and learn how to build a surf shoulder training program.
Get Your Shoulders Moving… and then Surf. Painful shoulders suck.