Yes, we are talking to you! If you’re young and think you are invincible, you should really think again. Shoulder injuries can happen to young and old, especially in the summer. Water sports, biking, and camping are all part of our summertime leisure, but a shoulder injury can put a stop to nearly all of your fun. So pay attention and be wise to these 4 ways to prevent shoulder injuries this summer.
Beware Of Too Much Of A Good Thing
So are we saying you can have “too much fun”? Sort of. Jumping right into any physical activity without easing your way in, like putting your toe in the water, just increases your risk of injury.
Deciding you will swim 30 laps the first day in your pool is a recipe for problems. Pace yourself and start slowly as you build up your shoulder strength to handle the extra laps. Swimming requires the repetitive overhead motion of the shoulder as does paddling out to surf.
The same applies to other outdoor fun like kayaking, surfing, and beach volleyball. Commonly known as overuse injuries, all these activities can increase your risk of injury by putting extra stress on your shoulder.
Focus On Flexibility
Focusing on strength and flexibility training specific to your favorite sport will help prevent shoulder injuries this summer.
Golfing and playing tennis are additional examples of sports you should ease into after the long winter. Focus on building strength in your rotator cuff and the muscles in your shoulder blade. Maintain good posture with shoulders back, and not in a rounded position.
Varying your activities with a focus on flexibility and sport specific training will help you avoid shoulder injuries. Ask Dr. Samuel Koo for some sport specific training exercises.
Do Some Preventative Exercises
Try the following simple exercises for strength and range of motion:
- The Pendulum Movement begins by bending at your waist. Keep your back flat and concentrate on your core. Let one arm hang free and gently swing it back and forth 2 to 3 times. Repeat. Then swing the other arm.
- Face the wall close enough to touch it. Reach one arm out to the side and lean into the wall as far as comfort and mobility will allow. You should feel a stretch in your shoulder. Hold for a few seconds and release. Then repeat with the other arm.
If You Feel Pain, Stop Playing
As soon as you feel any pain in your shoulders, you should stop playing immediately and rest for several days. Never try to play through the pain. If the pain does not subside, see Dr. Samuel Koo for an evaluation.
Contact Dr. Samuel Koo for other strengthening exercises or if you are experiencing pain in your shoulder.
As always, if you have any further questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call (425) 823-4000 or request an appointment online today.