Tennis Series: Shoulder Strength

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Tennis Series: Shoulder Strength

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Tennis is a great way to be active throughout the year, but it’s important to stay conditioned to avoid causing a racket. Common moves such as serving require stability at the shoulder joint from your rotator cuff. Comprised of four muscles, the rotator cuff serves to keep the ball of your arm bone (humerus) in its socket. If your shoulder strength is making you madder than McEnroe, try these exercises for targeted strengthening of the rotator cuff:

  • Shoulder ER
  • Shoulder IR
  • Side-lying ER
  • Bilateral ER (Bruegger)
  • Supine circles (pot stirrers)
  • IMT (Dry Needling)

If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, a physical therapist can evaluate you and help create a comprehensive plan to help get you back to serving like Serena. Goals of physical therapy can include reducing inflammation, restoring range of motion, and strengthening your muscles through various techniques, such as:

  • Thermal / cryotherapy modalities
  • Astym treatment
  • Joint mobilization
  • Therapeutic exercise

Come by one of our seven clinics around town for help returning to your ace form. You’ll be sure to love all the results!