# 479 - Identifying The Real Issues Behind Shoulder Injuries

Guest: Dr. Steven Tucker

Dr. Tucker's group studied shoulder injuries and found a common link and its not what you think.

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0 # Steve Tucker 2010-04-26 16:02
Carmela - That is a great question about the pectoralis minor. It is difficult to look at muscle activation of the pectoralis minor because it is a deep muscle. However, when shortened due to tightness, the pectoralis minor tips the scapula anteriorly (forward). This decreases the subacromial space (the space between your collar bone and shoulder joint) and leads to forward shoulder posture. This has been associated with shoulder impingement syndrome and other injuries. It is still unknown if this position is an actual cause of shoulder injury. Certainly stretching of the pectoralis minor is important in injury prevention and treatment.

Kcat - We have found that using the BOSU ball in the same manner as the Cuff Link does elicit similar muscle activity, with the only complaint being that it is less comfortable on the wrists (with elbows straight) and forearms (with elbows bent).
0 # kcat 2010-04-23 17:04
You should be able to do the same thing on a bosu ball or a wobble board.

Have you heard of Eric Cressey? He trains a lot of pitchers and there's always something about shoulders on his website/blog thing.
0 # carmela 2010-04-23 15:20
Excellent show for all trainers!
Can u get sum information on how the minor pec muscle can also cause shoulder problems.
0 # Carl Lanore 2010-04-23 11:11
I'm gonna see about getting a CUFF LINK device to see if I can rehab my shoulders using it. I'll report back on the show.
+1 # Rattbones 2010-04-23 01:46
Good show Carl, I've had shoulder trouble for years now and am going to add some of the things you mentioned it my workouts.

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