Static shoulder stretching .. is it good or bad? If you do a Google search … lots of stuff will show up about static stretching:
- 5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Do Static Stretches
- For Runners, Static Stretching May Be Outdated
- Dynamic Vs. Static Stretching SOLVED
If static shoulder stretching is so bad, THEN why do it?
My take is that people are looking at stretching with tunnel vision. The questions should really be:
Do you want to increase your shoulder performance? vs. Do you want to regain shoulder range of motion?
Do you want to regain shoulder range of motion?
Static shoulder stretching is the answer. The loss of shoulder range of motion is usually the result of some sort of shoulder injury … which may or may not require surgery. Either way, you will probably find yourself with a prescription for physical therapy.
Static shoulder stretching is a fundamental treatment physical therapists use the help you regain your range of motion: Rotator Cuff and Shoulder Conditioning Program
As you can see, there is a time and place for everything …. including static shoulder stretches.
Do you want to increase your shoulder performance?
If shoulder performance is your objective, then you should be interested in a number of things:
Dynamic Shoulder Stretching – Internal Rotation
Dynamic Shoulder Stretching – External Rotation
ROTATER client says …
” … The nicest thing about the ROTATER is that the athlete has total control of the stretch. Instead of me constantly asking if they were getting a good stretch, they can feel it and control it themselves….” – Tamara Copes, M.S, ATC, LAT