I wanted to put together a series of exercises I use with my athletes to get them back to their sport. In part 1, the exercises are specific to strengthening and conditioning an athlete along their rehab/physical therapy process to get back to open chain activities like handstands, pushups and handstand pushups. The second example will be a series of open chain exercises. Populations that would benefit from these exercises would be an olympic lifter, power lifter or crossfit athlete that wants to return to bench press, overhead press, push press, jerks and any other open chain pressing activity. The exercises are split into phases, so you know how to progress an athlete throughout the course of their rehabilitation.
This exercise progression is by no means a replacement to a thorough evaluation with specific emphasis on correcting deficits and potential causes of injury. However, I think it provides several ideas on how to progress your athletes adequately while keeping them entertained in the process. Hopefully both seasoned clinicians and students alike can glean some new exercises from this video:
There it is. Please let me know if you liked any of these exercises or have some more exercises you like by leaving a comment below.
Keep those shoulders healthy,
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