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4 Step Checklist for Battle Ready Shoulders

Dr. Dave Tilley and I have worked with a boatload of olympic lifters, powerlifters, gymnasts, bodybuilders and fitness athletes with painful shoulders.  It’s probably the most common injury we see.

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HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT – PEAK Shoulder Performance

Very big announcement today.  Myself and my co-worker Dr. Dave Tilley have been hard at work over the past few years developing strategies to help rehab and prevent shoulder injuries in our athletes.

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Dan on Barbell Shrugged Podcast!

I was lucky to have the opportunity to head out to Encinitas, California and be on the Barbell Shrugged Podcast.  It was an absolute pleasure hanging out with Doug and Mike and we had a blast.  In the

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Understanding The Shoulder Pain Epidemic in CrossFit Athletes (Part 4: Programming and Periodization)

So in the last article in our series we spoke on the importance of total volume with particular focus on spikes in training in avoiding injury.  Hopefully this already sparked some ideas on how to start

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Understanding The Shoulder Pain Epidemic in CrossFit Athletes (Part 3 : Load and Volume Management)

A very popular name in the world of sports medicine right now is Tim Gabbett.  I’ve written a few articles about his research in the past.  Tim has pioneered the research of injury as it relates

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Is the Joint by Joint Approach Accurate for Shoulder Pain?

I’m a big fan of the joint by joint approach as a basic understanding of how the joints in the body interact for movement.  As a refresher the joint by joint approach was popularized by Gray Cook

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Are Lat Stretches Dangerous? and 5 Better Ways to Gain Overhead Mobility

So, I’ve said it myself.  It’s important to have mobile lats.  Having adequate lat length will allow for overhead mobility.  Overhead mobility is super important for: Optimal technique

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Why Does Pressing Hurt the Shoulder but Not Pulling?

In the past article series on why shoulder injuries are occurring in the gym we talked a bit about the rotator cuff and it’s importance for shoulder health.  The rotator cuff serves as a dynamic

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7 Reasons Why Your Shoulders Get Hurt in the Gym: Part 3

I’m excited for this part of the article series because we’re finally tying together all of the aspects explored in the previous articles.   At last we get to the practical stuff.  In part

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7 Reasons Why Your Shoulders Get Hurt in the Gym: Part 2

In last week’s post we spoke about the 1st 4 reasons why people’s shoulders get hurt in the gym. Poor rotator cuff strength Too much total pressing volume Not enough balance with pressing

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7 Reasons Why Your Shoulders Get Hurt in the Gym: Part 1

Subacromial Impingement Syndrome is probably the most common injury I see in the clinic.  It’s definitely the most common source of shoulder pain I see.  Often times it’s associated with: Bursitis

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Chad Vaughn, Mike Cerbus, Dave Tilley and Dan Pope Talk Squatting

I have the great opportunity to work with world class coaches regularly at power monkey fitness.  At this past power monkey fitness camp we had a nice candid conversation about squatting.  Myself and

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