Rotator Cuff Injuries: Rotator cuff injuries are a common injury that we see in everyday life, and in sports injuries. You may even know someone who has one. There are ways you can prevent getting a rotator cuff injury yourself, with some stabilization of the shoulder girdle.
The rotator cuff muscles consist of 4 muscles that are responsible for moving and rotating the arm within the shoulder joint. Because we use our arms a lot in movement, we often find this joint in overuse or moving with poor technique. The shoulder girdle (separate from the shoulder joint) is responsible for offering stabilization to the shoulder joint. When we move our arm without the stability of the shoulder girdle, we are setting ourselves up for injury. You may not feel it at first, but overtime with constant unsupported movement, you will find yourself with pain, in the shoulder joint. This can be prevented.
Taking the time to strengthen the shoulder girdle muscles (pec minor, serratus anterior, trapezius, rhomboids, and levator scapulae) will set you up for success, and keep you out of future injury. Exercises such as Plank, Chaturanga, Wild Thing (shown here), as well as other exercises such as shoulder shrugs, Reverse push ups, Kettlebell Windmills, and Bent over rows, will help prevent injury when performed correctly.
Here's where trainers,group exercise teachers, movement specialists come into play. Having someone that can help you understand how to move correctly in the body, helps keep you out of trouble.Take some time to work with your trainers, and teachers to help you build stability of the shoulder girdle, and set yourself up for success.