Optimal Shoulder Performance – Cressey Reinold

Optimal Shoulder Performance spans the continuum from research to practical applications.  In this 4-DVD set, you’ll find:

DVD 1: Introduction (Cressey/Reinold), Inefficiency vs. Pathology (Cressey), Physical Examination of Specific Shoulder Pathologies (Reinold)

You’ll Learn:

  • Why the collaboration between rehabilitation specialists and fitness professionals is essential for both patient/client outcomes and the continued growth and professional development of both fields.
  • Why just about every client or athlete you encounter will have a HUGE red flag – at least in the context of the traditional medical model.
  • Why diagnostic imaging like MRIs and x-rays are just one piece of a diagnostic puzzle that should include specific movement evaluations.
  • The difference between tendinosis and tendinitis – and it is an important difference!
  • How the Law of Repetitive Motion applies to the shoulder.
  • Why identical injuries may have different causes, and different injuries may have identical causes!
  • The difference between active and passive restraints, and how the two work together in the shoulder.
  • The different types of pathology we commonly see at the shoulder.
  • The differences between impingement and rotator cuff tears


What total motion is and why it’s important

  • Whether the posterior capsule has a role in the loss of shoulder internal rotation in overhead throwing athletes
  • The remarkable adaptations in the throwing shoulder
  • Why you should never work through a shrugging pattern
  • The mechanisms of injury for superior labrum anterior-posterior (SLAP) lesions and their different classifications.

DVD 2: Training the Injured Shoulder During- and Post-Rehabilitation (Cressey), The Scientific & Clinical Rationale Behind Shoulder Exercises (Reinold)

You’ll Learn:

  • The differences between external impingement and internal impingement.
  • Why everyone has “shoulder impingement” – to some degree.
  • Programming and technique modifications to maintain a training effect in spite of both kinds of impingement as well as acromioclavicular joint issues.
  • The specific “return to bench pressing” progression we use with our athletes.
  • Why true “symmetry” is an absolute myth – particularly when discussing throwing shoulders.
  • Why overhead lifting may not be appropriate for overhead throwing athletes such as baseball players, tennis players, and swimmers.



  • Why it’s important to show an athlete/client what he/she CAN do instead of just telling him/her what CAN’T be done.
  • The unique, specific demands placed on the throwing shoulder.
  • The true – but commonly misunderstood – function of the rotator cuff.
  • The important principles of rotator cuff rehabilitation and prehabilitation.
  • The safest and most effective strengthening exercises for the rotator cuff.
  • The impact of scapular positioning on rotator cuff function.
  • The “Do” and “Don’t” things for subacromial impingement, internal impingement, SLAP lesions, instability, and congenital laxity.

DVD 3: Movement Quality Assessment and Corrective Exercise (Cressey), Special Tests to Differentiate Specific Shoulder Pathologies (Reinold)

You’ll Learn:

  • How to effectively measure shoulder internal and external rotation.


  • How comprehensive screening of athletes’ upper extremity function should cover four broad categories.
  • 10 specific assessments to use for these four categories.
  • 25 corrective exercises to address any issues identified from these 10 assessments.
  • Specific coaching cues to use on all these assessments and corrective exercises.


  • An exact “flow chart” we use to identify movement inefficiencies before they become shoulder problems.
  • Components of a physical examination in a symptomatic population.
  • When fitness professionals should know to refer out to doctors and rehabilitation specialists.
  • How to quickly assess for congenital laxity.
  • The most effective tests for SLAP lesions, instability, and the different types of shoulder impingement.

DVD 4: Resistance Training Strategies and Techniques (Cressey), Integrating Manual Techniques and Principles of Dynamic Stability (Reinold)

You’ll Learn:

  • How to modify various resistance training techniques to make them more shoulder-friendly.
  • Strategies for increasing the difficulty of exercises without causing or exacerbating shoulder issues.
  • Optimal technique for everything from bench pressing variations, to push-ups, to rowing exercises.
  • Eric’s single-favorite upper body exercise.
  • Why core stability directly impacts shoulder function.


  • The theory behind rhythmic stabilizations and technique instruction on how to perform them.
  • Where rhythmic stabilization’s fit into a program.
  • Why manual resistance exercises warrant inclusion in programming.
  • Why it’s important to include both open- and closed-chain kinetic chain stabilization drills to achieve a comprehensive training effect.

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