Since I started writing for Swimming World and Swimmer Magazines I receive many e-mails and questions about shoulder pain. These questions range from common sense to abstract questions, but have forced me to study and research everything about the shoulder. Many people feel the shoulder is a complex joint, but I’m here to tell you it is simpler than you think.
Luckily (I think), I’ve been able to work with many swimmers. My involvement has included prevention and rehabilitation. Of all the body parts, shoulder prevention is mandatory for overhead athletes and those frequently using their arms. I want to discuss some misconceptions about the shoulder. These are common questions or comments I often hear. Don’t let these confusions prevent you from building the strongest shoulder necessary for a pain-free life and career.
#1 Pain Referral is Erratic
#2 Rotator Cuff Muscles are all that Matter
#3 No Pain no gain!
#4 Shoulder Stretching is Mandatory
#5 Poor Posture Causes All Shoulder Pain