DYNAMIC SHOULDER CONDITIONING
SHOULDER CONDITIONING +
UPPER LIMB PERFORMANCE TRAINING SPECIALIST
There is something missing in the way many physiotherapists and strength and conditioning coaches approach performance training for the shoulder.
It’s not that the knowledge to create a high performing shoulder doesn’t exist.
It’s that this knowledge is rarely stitched into a meaningful and long-term performance training solution.
what the research says
Players attending the NFL draft between 2009 and 2016 who had history of shoulder injury.
Frangiamore SJ et al.
Shoulder injuries in collegiate football athletes: Impact on draft status and professional performance. Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine. 2017
Athletes competing in overhead sports whilst at university who have experienced a shoulder injury.
Wright AA et al.
Exercise prescription for overhead athletes with shoulder pathology: A systematic review with best evidence synthesis.
British Journal of Sports Medicine 2016
Percentage of shoulder dislocations in rugby that happen in the final third of a game.
C. Montgomery et al.
A systematic video analysis of the mechanisms of shoulder dislocations in professional Rugby Union. Sports Surgery Clinic. 2018
67 - 80%
The percentage of people with shoulder injury that have scapula dyskinesis.
Kibler W, Sciascia A.
The role of the scapula in preventing and treating shoulder instability. Knee Surgury, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy. 2016
Research and practice in the rehabilitation space has a strong understanding of what a high performing shoulder requires at a fundamental level. Strength and conditioning coaches know how to get athletes strong.
However, gaps exist in both camps when it comes to scaling performance but there is also more to consider than simply a biomechanical approach.
It's true, the shoulder is complex. Joint architecture, fascia, breathing mechanics, applied movement neurology and even thought-energy can influence shoulder performance.
CURRENT RESEARCH IS BIASED TO BEING FED BY WHAT IS HAPPENING DOWNSTAIRS. THE UPPER BODY HAS NOT BEEN AS WELL THOUGHT OUT.
Simply taking strength training principles that apply to the hip, knee and ankle and applying them to shoulder, elbow and wrist verbatim is ineffective. It's time to take a closer look and develop a deeper understanding of the symphony required for a truly high performing shoulder.
The Dynamic Shoulder Conditioning project will begin in 2021 with content created to help practitioners to develop a better understanding of how to recondition and scale upper body performance.
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Philosophy + Background
As an Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach, Tim has a strong understanding of functional anatomy and corrective exercise and rehabilitation certifications. The commitment throughout his career to optimising the integration between physiotherapy and strength and conditioning training has meant he really grasps the link between practitioners roles. In his mind, it is all athletic preparation and rather than distinct disciplines, an interdisciplinary team of engaged and committed generalist-specialist practitioners is where real value can be found.
BACKGROUND + EXPERIENCE // BUILDING BOMBPROOF SHOULDERS
As a rugby player and snowboarder, Tim has been the recipient of multiple shoulder dislocations and two reconstructive surgeries. Having been diligent in his rehabilitation he still experienced repeat dislocations and lacked confidence in his shoulder. Over time, this prevented him from enjoying his sport, career and active lifestyle.
In 2013, he decided to try a different approach and set about learning calisthenics, specifically the handstand. The thought experiment went like this:
'If I can balance on my hands then I can have some confidence that my shoulder is stable.'
Over the next 12 months, handstands turned to human flags and Tim had a set of shoulders that he could trust. This experience was echoed by other coaches who were using content Tim and David Jackson were sharing through their new business 'School of Calisthenics'.
The individual case studies started to add up and this prompted Tim to begin researching the potential mechanisms as to why closed kinetic chain training had shown to be a very successful training tool for the upper body.
In 2018, Tim and Jacko presented their work at the UK Strength and Conditioning Annual Conference. This sparked a number of other workshop and educational events with organisations such as Scottish Rugby Union, the Football Association, Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) and ALTIS.
CREATING BOMBPROOF SHOULDERS
Progressive bodyweight training opens up new opportunities to scale upper body performance and creates a highly effective bridge between physiotherapy and strength and conditioning.
However, a high performing shoulder requires a multi-faceted approach and there is no single magic bullet. Instead, what exists is a continuum of inter-related and inter-dependant elements that need to feature in a longer-term, progressive approach.
Tim is now very passionate about combining what he has learnt about closed kinetic chain training with the existing and emerging tools used to recondition and scale upper body performance.
Look out for new content coming soon.
The objective: to set a new standard by giving practitioners the tools to create high performing dynamic shoulders.