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

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