Shoulder Safety Part 1: Introduction

Anders Hendricks, Aurora Sports Medicine Institute

Anders is a licensed athletic traininer at the Aurora Sports Medicine Institute in Burlington and at Badger High School in Lake Geneva.

With spring fast approaching, people are starting to get excited for better weather, longer days, and another chance to enjoy the different outdoor activities available once it warms up.  Many people (myself included) are excited for things like Spring Training for Major League Baseball, and another opportunity to hit the tennis courts.  One thing that is important to both activities, and many other outdoor hobbies and interests, is proper shoulder health.  After a dormant winter, people may experience clicking, cracking, and nagging pain in the shoulder when trying to learn new activities or revisiting old favorites.  By gaining a better understanding of the shoulder, a person will be better suited to maintain shoulder health and be able to make better decisions about shoulder pain and whether or not to visit a physician.

The shoulder is a very interesting joint.  It needs to be placed in hundreds of different positions to accommodate for activities of daily living (ADLs), but also must be secure enough to provide stability for tasks such as throwing, reaching over head and lifting heavy objects.  This new blog series will take an in depth look at the shoulder, including the anatomy of the shoulder, the rotator cuff, the labrum, the biceps, and common injuries that may be experienced by active people.  Like blogs in the past, this series will focus on basic muscular and bony anatomy, and offer tips and tricks about different shoulder exercises and techniques to maintain proper shoulder health.

As always, if readers have any questions or comments about this topic, or past and future topics, please feel free to email me at anders.hendricks@aurora.org.  Thanks a bunch!

Follow the new Shoulder Series with weekly updates here at our fitness blog!

Check out our last series, Perfect Posture!

Don’t give up the sport — give up the pain! Visit the Aurora Sports Medicine Institute at 13 Wisconsin locations, visit our website, follow us on Facebook, browse our YouTube channel, or call our hotline at 1-800-219-7776.

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About Anders Hendricks

Anders Hendricks is a Licensed Athletic Trainer for the Aurora Sports Medicine Institute in Burlington and at Badger High School in Lake Geneva. Anders studied Kinesiology and Athletic Training at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and has worked as an athletic trainer at the University of Wisconsin at Parkside. In the summer and fall, he enjoys following the Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers, and ice hockey and downhill skiing in the winter. Anders started blogging to give people a better understanding of what athletic training is, and how licensed athletic trainers help the patients of Aurora Health Care live well.
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