Rotator Cuff and Scapular Strengthening for Baseball and Softball
Posted Sep 22 2008 10:36am
It’s easy to neglect the small muscles that make up the rotator cuff:
They are not “showy” muscles, you can’t see them in the mirror, they’re little – I mean what’s the big deal? The big deal is that they are responsible for keeping the ball of your arm bone (humerus) held in the socket of your shoulder blade (scapula) – they stabilize your shoulder! These muscles make every movement of your shoulder possible - and we usually don’t notice them until they start to hurt.
Rotater cuff muscles must be trained
LIke every other muscle, the muscles that compose the rotator cuff must be trained – exercised and then allowed to recover. Most exercises require light dumbbells or elastic tubing to provide resistance.
Crossover Symmetry introduces Plyometrics to the Rotator Cuff
Thanks to Coach Dan at BaseballStrength.com, who published an article entitled “Counter Dead Arm With Crossover Symmetry” by Jim Moran, a Physical Therapist and Shoulder Specialist. This article introduced me to the concept of plyometric training for the rotator cuff and here is a video explaining how Crossover Symmetry works and why your baseball and softball players need it.