How Much Is Too Much Range of Motion for The Shoulder Joint on Young Athletes?

Isn’t this pleasant? Some aspiring young athletes diligently preparing for their swimming workout by doing exactly as there coach has mandated? So sweet…look at their anterior shoulder capsules tearing as we speak, just precious.

I hope the sarcasm is obvious. The person that is teaching these young girls this probably has zero investment into their long term health. They must just be putting them through the meat grinder of high level youth athletics looking to produce the next national champion and Olympic hopeful.

Who is going to pick up the pieces for these girls when they drop out of their swimming program b/c of shoulder pain?

Who is going to care for them when they have to have their shoulders surgically repaired when they are 25? Not the coach, that’s for sure.

Anyone who works with young athletes must understand the long-term implications of their actions. The instant gratification that comes from a successful season or an athletes rise into an upper echelon of competition is powerful for some. There are many of us who would rather see our young athletes delay their gratification a few years as we help them develop appropriately and actually watch them blossom as young adults.

Training for these athletic endeavors is no different. Too much, too fast done too poorly is the norm. We as coaches and trainers need to step up and put the kibosh on outdated and down right dangerous training methodologies that do not promote injury prevention and LONG TERM athletic success.

How many of us had this done to as when we were younger?

Well now is the time to put a stop to this. It is the time to raise the bar for education, application and integrity. Our athletic programs, health insurance system and relationships with our young athletes will be all the better for it.

Thanks for reading.

Eric Beard
Corrective Exercise Specialist
Athletic Performance Enhancement Specialist

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