by Dana Cavalea September 05, 2017

Spending my whole career working in Major League Baseball, I feel like the Rotator Cuff was brought up everyday! 

"Gotta keep the rotator strong", "I'm doing my rotator cuff training", "My arm hurts because of a weak rotator cuff."

I get it!

After a while though, we need to stop talking about it and start understanding it.

When most talk about this rotator cuff, they speak of it as one big muscle, which is totally not the case. 

Your rotator cuff is actually comprised of 4- Muscles and their tendons:

( Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus, Teres Minor, and Subscapularis), each having its own responsibility and function within the integrated unit, called the Rotator Cuff. 

If one of these muscles is weak, tight, shortened, over-lengthened, or knotted, you could have pain and functional issues, eventually leading to surgical repair.

This becomes especially true for the throwers, tennis players, and golfers out there!

So, in order to avoid injury to this region, prevention is key.

Using tennis balls, rollers, ART and massage to keep this area free from trigger points/ knots and tightness is extremely important. 

And.... in addition to keeping it "loose", we must train and hit all of these muscles when we train them. That means, we can not just tug on a band like the typical, basic PT Prescription. 

Above you will find a video of a pattern that I used with all our Baseball players-- that has really shown some great results and merit amongst all populations looking to strengthen their cuff!

Give it a watch!

Have you ever dealt with rotator issues?

 

Dana Cavalea
Dana Cavalea

Dana Cavalea is the former Director of Strength and Conditioning & Performance of the New York Yankees. Currently, he is a High Performance Speaker & Consultant to Pro Athletes, Entrepreneurs, Business Executives, and Workforces on lifestyle strategies to reduce stress, improve work/life integration, and most importantly improve daily performance /outcomes. Book Dana to Speak at your Company Event or Conference Today!


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