Prehab (1) Glenohumeral (Shoulder) Labral Tears: Thoracic Spine Mobility

Prehab (1) Glenohumeral (Shoulder) Labral Tears: Thoracic Spine Mobility

Why does stretching the muscles around my spine reduce my chances of having a shoulder labral tear?

The likelihood of having a labral tear can be reduced by developing the musculature around the shoulder & the scapula as well as gaining higher levels of shoulder & thoracic (middle) spine flexibility.

One of our favorite exercises to promote thoracic spine mobility is called open books. This exercise isolates the thoracic spine & puts you in a position where you can stretch safely & effectively. Here’s how to perform this exercise: 

  1. Get into side-lying position & slightly flex your hips
  2. Put both arms on top of each other directly out in front of you
  3. Bring your top arm across your body & follow it with your head
  4. Hold this position for 5 seconds & then come back
  5. This is 1 repetition

Performing 1 set of 10 reps on each side is effective at promoting better flexibility in this area.

Check out our next post to see our favorite eccentric loading exercise to strengthen the rotator cuff in overhead athletes & prevent future injuries!

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