Rotator Cuff Exercises - Why Should I Be Exercising My Rotator Cuffs?

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Whether you're trying to build up or just avoid breaking down, it is critical to do rotator cuff exercises. The rotator cuff (rotor cuff) is, by nature, one of the weakest muscle groups in the body; it is also one of the most susceptible to injury. If you lift weights, play a sport with repetitive overhead motions, or are in an older age bracket, you are a ticking time bomb for this injury.

When I said this is a weak muscle group, I meant that in general its strength is disproportionately less than the surrounding muscle groups. With increasing age that proportion becomes even more skewed due to the collagen in the tendons and muscles breaking down, allowing you to incur an injury with lesser exercises or just sleeping on the shoulder.

This muscular imbalance is also more pronounced if you lift weights. For example, your deltoids may be able to handle huge amounts of weight, but as you lift the rotor cuff must do its job of stabilizing the shoulder. When you lift close to the body you are near your center of gravity and there is less torque on the muscle group. On the other hand, if you lift with bad form, either intentionally or unintentionally, the pressure put on the rotor cuff is increased dramatically and instantly without sufficient warm up for them to handle such a load. The result is often a rotator cuff tear painful enough to bring tears to your eyes.

These risks can be all but nullified if you take proper care of your rotator cuffs. Optimally, you want to do rotator cuff exercises about three times per week, don't forget to warm up and stretch. Should you choose not to do rotator cuff exercises, be forewarned that a rotator cuff injury is extremely painful and can become even more so if you need surgery.

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This article was published on 2010/03/29