Shoulder Stabilization for Christmas Tree Decorating


This is the earliest that I ever remember getting a Christmas Tree. It usually takes until the second or third week of December for me to get into the holiday spirit, but I had a great day with the wife and kids decorating the tree and may warm up to the season a little earlier this year. Don’t get me wrong, I am not one of those people whole play or can even bare to listen to Christmas music before Thanksgiving, that’s where I draw the line, but I listened to a Christmas song on the radio today with my daughter and did not have an urge to rip the radio out of the console.

One thing I did notice as I was taking the endless boxes of Christmas decorations down from the top of the closet is that this stuff get heavy and hard to handle! If I did not keep up with my shoulder or low back stabilization work, I could have easily drooped a box or tweaked something. The last box was the largest and most awkward and it was a bear to move.

A shoulder stabilization exercise, like the one pictured, should be incorporated into the pre-activity warm up with body weight or resistance bands. It can also become part of a strength training routine when volume and load are increased. At the top of the exercise, make sure to; retract, depress and downwardly rotate the scapulae and externally rotate and horizontally abduct the humerus.

Back to hanging ornaments!

Thank you for reading.

Eric Beard
Corrective Exercise Specialist
Athletic Performance Specialist
theericbeard@blogspot.com
www.ericbeard.com

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