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Serratus Blaster: Body Builder Front Raises

Did you clearly understand the take-home message from last week’s article by Chris? It was simply: Scapular Packing utilises the opposite movement to Serratus Anterior so you need to be very selective in when you use it.

  • Use it with arms closer to the body, and
  • Use it on the pull movement NOT the push movement.

Today we are showcasing all the Australian Masterclasses coming up in April and July to be conducted by the same Chris Mallac – and the demand has been intense so check the dates and lock in your spot as numbers will be limited to keep the learning quality high!

The two jam-packed days of practical skills are guaranteed to give you:

  • Taping skills with 2-3 different types of tape (totally unique concept as we are not brand-loyal);
  • Fine motor retraining skills with a Pressure Biofeedback Unit (you get to keep it valued at $135!) – brilliant for Low Back Pain;
  • Highest level mobility assessment skills; and
  • Cutting Edge Running Biomechanics knowledge and coaching / cueing skills for reducing injury.
  • and of course 15 CECs, a spot on our Master Rehab Trainer directory, and tons of one-one educational support from the small group!

Jump on now (here) and reserve your spot (most venues are not decided but we will let you know asap) before they are gone!

Serratus Anterior and Overhead Shoulder Rehabilitation

Ok so let’s take our Serratus Anterior work into new territory to deal with some of the more tricky and resistant types of athletic shoulder complaints: overhead impingement due to poor scapular positioning and control. 

In rehabilitating overhead movement, the last thing we would ever do is simply start doing overhead press as an exercise! Boy, oh boy will that shoulder get angry as you force all the inflamed soft tissues to friction against each other. 

Rather, here are a few safety strategies we will introduce, in order to decrease our chances of aggravating the shoulder (discounting all the myriad of critical loosening techniques of course):

  • work in the forward (sagittal) plane – elbows where you can see them – before the lateral (coronal) plane
  • warm- up with emphasis on the protraction element (easier to activate and cue) before you attempt to train the more subtle upward rotation element
  • train beginning and end positions of overhead press statically, before progressing to the full movement through
  • use iso-integration (tubing tension in various directions) to reduce pain and help maintain good scapular position and rotator cuff activation.

Today’s video (below) and the next few weeks’ worth of videos will explain it all…Enjoy!

Ulrik