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
- 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
- Why just about every client or athlete you encounter will have a
HUGE red flag – at least in the context of the traditional medical
- Why diagnostic imaging like MRIs and x-rays are just one piece
of a diagnostic puzzle that should include specific movement
- The difference between tendinosis and tendinitis – and it is an
- 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
- 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)
- The differences between external impingement and internal
- 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
- 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
- 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
- The important principles of rotator cuff rehabilitation and
- The safest and most effective strengthening exercises for the
- 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
DVD 3: Movement Quality Assessment and Corrective
Exercise (Cressey), Special Tests to Differentiate Specific
Shoulder Pathologies (Reinold)
- How to effectively measure shoulder internal and external
- 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
- An exact “flow chart” we use to identify movement inefficiencies
before they become shoulder problems.
- Components of a physical examination in a symptomatic
- 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
- 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
- Why it’s important to include both open- and closed-chain
kinetic chain stabilization drills to achieve a comprehensive
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