Feb 09,2007 00:00
Copley News Service
Shoulder injuries can be a major disruption to your exercise schedule. Avoiding them can help you stay on track.
THE MOVE: Standing shoulder external rotation with a rubber band.
WORKS ON: Small muscles that originate from back of the shoulder blade and extend into the shoulder joint. These muscles help increase stability of the shoulder joint and decrease chances of shoulder injury.
STEP 1: Begin the exercise by SLOWLY moving your forearm away from your body. Continue moving your forearm away from your body until your shoulder reaches the end of your natural range of motion. Maintain your elbow position by holding the folded towel and keep your elbow bent at 90 degrees throughout the exercise.
STEP 2: SLOWLY bring your forearm back to the starting position.
REPETITION: Do eight to 15 repetitions for two to three sets on each shoulder.PRECAUTIONS: Start with a light-resistance rubber band. As you get stronger, replace the rubber band with higher resistance. If you experience shoulder pain during the exercise, consult a physician or a physical therapist.