Do this easy test to see whet your overhead shoulder mobility is like!
All you need to do is lie on a bench, bed or table with your owns straight out in front (why it is often known as the superman test).
Action: Keeping your head down the entire time, raise both arms up as high as you can.
Now, you will need either a camera or someone else watching as you wont be able to see.
Pass or Fail?
For optimal range your arms need to be at least horizontal – See the photo above, the long red line is the horizon line and the other is the arm line. In this example, this is roughly negative 20 degrees of overhead range. This is a fail!
How to improve this?
- Shoulder stretches – namely your pecs, lats and triceps
- Thoracic spine mobility – Loosen up your upper back to improve extension and rotation
What now? Get out there, find a helper and test yourself – this is very important range that, if below par is a real risk factor for injury, not just for your shoulder, but your neck and back.
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