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DYNAMIC SHOULDER CONDITIONING

The interlinked infinity symbols represent the essential integration between shoulder Dynamics on the left and shoulder Conditioning on the right. 

There should be no time where either being programmed for or trained without consideration of the other. 

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DYNAMICS

At the heart of how we [re]think about creating a truly high performing upper body must be an ability to programme for the specific motion and equilibrium requirements of the shoulder under the action of forces. This includes:

MECHANICS + MOVEMENT

  • Alignment + Arthrokinematics

  • Applied Neurology

  • Muscle action + force

  • Awareness

CHAIN INTEGRATION

  • Connection of body segments that allows the transfer of forces

CONDITIONING

What capabilities and capacities do we want the upper body to possess? How do we want it to behave under certain circumstances? This is often the focus of strength and conditioning coaches and personal trainers.

In this regard, conditioning refers to the formation and strengthening of an association between stimulus and response that equips the shoulder to excel. To prepare for this it is important to consider:

TASK // SKILL

  • The activity or capability including the associated the movement patterns and desired performance outcome.

ENVIRONMENT

  • The arena in which the task/skill is performed

    • Predictable Vs Chaotic

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Integration

DYNAMIC SHOULDER CONDITIONING

The relationship and interaction between the shoulder dynamics and shoulder conditioning is the most important component in scaling performance by respecting design.

The performance level of shoulder Dynamics must be determined by the level of Conditioning we seek to achieve.

As we progress the level of Conditioning we must continue to maintain and scale Dynamics accordingly.

It is by embracing the complexity of the shoulder and respecting this interactive, mutually beneficial and interdependent relationship that we can build truly high performing shoulders.

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