When I started out, I used to fly through the rotator cuff exercises with my client. I would show them the exercise; then get them to do it and finally move onto the next one.
With time, age and experience; I have improved on that rookie technique when using tubing exercise for rotator cuff injuries.
There are three things that you need to remember and highlight when designing an exercise program for a client that has a shoulder injury especially when you’re using tubing.
The three things that you want to remember to highlight when you’re explaining the exercise to the client with a rotator cuff injury are:
#1) Distance Specific
You want to be specific on the distance away from where the tubing is fixed. If the client ends up changing the distance of how far they are away from where the tubing is fixed, it ends up changing the exercise.
#2) Fix the Range of Motion
The second thing, you want to be specific when it comes to the range of motion that you want your client to perform.
Do you just want them to perform 45 degrees of extension, or full range of motion when it comes to the shoulder?
You need to be specific on the range of motion that you want them to cover when doing the exercise.
#3) Length Matters
And then thirdly, you want to be specific on the length of the tubing that you want them to use. If they end up grabbing the tubing and wrapping it around their hands, they end up changing the length of the tubing and that ends up changing the exercise again.
3 SPECIFIC TO DO’s If you Give Tubing Exercises to a Client with a Shoulder Injury:
I know, sometimes we just show our clients the tubing exercises and leave them alone. So make sure you’re clear on how far away they are from the tubing anchor. Make sure you’re clear on the range of motion that you want them to do when it comes to tubing, and make sure that you’re clear on the length of tubing that you want to use. If your client has a rotator cuff or shoulder injury, it is important to be clear about these three things or it leads to irritation, re-injury or not getting the most out of the exercise.
So this is Rick Kaselj for Exercises for Injuries.
Thank you very much for reading the blog and watching all the videos.
Rick Kaselj, MS