📖The shoulder is inherently unstable. Also known as the Gleno-humeral joint, it’s a Multi-Axial ball and socket joint. I give the analogy of it being like a golf ball and tee, but its more similar to balancing a basketball on your finger.
⭕️How does it not come flying off your body when you move it? It’s held in place by two categories of tissues:
1️⃣Static Stabilizers (Glenohumeral ligaments, the Labrum)
2️⃣Dynamic Stabilizers (Rotator Cuff, Scapular Stabilizers)
👉The first of which we don’t have much control over, and it’s why having a labrum problem or a shoulder dislocation that stretches the ligaments can have long-standing consequences.
🏎However the dynamic stabilizers we can rehab, condition and prepare for the unpredictability of sports or life. They act as the brakes on the Ferrari that is your upper body mechanics, and I recommend pro-actively strengthening these if you play a shoulder-vulnerable sport or are approaching your 40’s.