Category Archives for Shoulder

How to Modify Kipping Pull-ups for Painful Shoulders

Having a solid appreciation of why injuries occur is paramount when trying to rehabilitate athletes back to their sports and to keep them safe.  For example in pitchers we know that the extreme external

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How to Assess Overhead Mobility: Part 2

This month’s Insiders webinar is a continuation of last month’s series on assessing overhead mobility.  Last time we went through the step by step process of how I assess overhead mobility.  This

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How to Assess Overhead Mobility: Part 1

This month’s Insiders webinar is a thorough step by step process of how I assess overhead mobility.  I’ve written a lot in the past about overhead mobility.  It makes up a huge part of my treatment

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How to Rehab Your Athletes Back to Kipping Pullups – Part 2

In last week’s article we talked about: How to restore full shoulder range of motion Teaching hanging position Phase 1: Beginner hanging exercises to build tissue capacity In this article we’ll

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How to Rehab Your Athletes Back to Kipping Pullups – Part 1

A lot of my athletes are coming back from shoulder injuries where they couldn’t kip previously.  This could be after a major surgery like rotator cuff repair or a bad impingement syndrome / tendinopathy

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How to Hang on a Bar Without Hurting Your Shoulders

Most people have a very aggressive introduction to hanging and kipping movements.  It usually goes a little bit like this: Hop right up and grab the bar.  Didn’t fall off?  Great let’s try

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The 10 Best Articles of 2016

It’s that time of year.  Here are the most popular articles on fitnesspainfree.com from 2016 (In no particular order). 1: Quick and Easy TFL Stretch and Assessment Quick and Easy TFL (Tensor Fascia

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Easy Circuit to Strengthen Overhead Mobility

This week’s post adds onto the post earlier in the week.  In the prior article we spoke about the importance of accurately determining where your mobility limitations lie, choosing the correct mobilizations

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6 Principles to Finally Fixing Your Overhead Mobility

Gaining new overhead mobility seems to be an elusive thing.  We all want it so we can snatch, kip and jerk like all-stars, however few seem to get there.  What gives?  In my experience gaining new motion

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Keep Your Rotator Cuff Strong with Shoulder Circuits

Earlier in the week we spoke about how and why to create circuits to keep your shoulders strong and healthy.  No one wants to be sidelined with shoulder pain.  I wanted to give you all an example of

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How to Create Circuits for Strong Resilient Shoulders

I see a lot of shoulder pain in my clinical practice.  It probably rivals low back pain with the most common injury I end up treating (Low back pain is more common in the general population).  For this

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Are Kipping Pull-ups Really That Dangerous? Part 3: Progression, Volume Management and Periodization

As you know from my two previous articles, I have a great love for speaking and writing about kipping pullups and all things kipping.  I work for a gymnastics continuing education company (powermonkeyfitness),

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