Swimmers perform excess overhead motions, which can result in dominance to the internal rotation musculature and an imbalance between the internal and external rotator muscles. Whilst static stretching can improve the range of motion of the less dominant external rotators be mindful that every muscle has an ideal muscle length and deviations increase the risk of compensations and injury. Recent findings propose the further an arm performs shoulder external rotation, the less joint awareness or proprioception exist.
Coaching swimmers on how to sense their shoulder position at different ranges of motion is essential for shoulder injury prevention and rehabilitation. Try stabilising your shoulder joint at various ranges of motion - Pertubation exercises on dryland are one form of exercise that is a great way to achieve this. Have a go at incorporating these into your training regime and see the translation into the pool.
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