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Scapular mobility vs “stability” …plus the “Scapular End-Range Rotation” exercise

May 22, 2013

In this video taken from a Functional Range Release (F.R.)® Seminar in Toronto, we briefly address the concept of scapular mobility vs. “stability.”

Now…I have discussed this topic on this blog in the past, but I really can’t stress it enough  —  THERE IS SELDOM A SITUATION IN LIFE WHEN THE SCAPULA NEED TO REMAIN STATIONARY.  Try accomplishing any activity with the scapula in a set position…I can assure you that it is very difficult.  Do to this fact, I find it more than strange that most rehab and/or conditioning programs seldom encourage deviation from the ‘set’ position during training.

Those who have taken their FRC certification can attest to to depth of information that is presented at the seminars regarding SPECIFIC scapular control training…in this video I discuss some of the theoretical points, and then finish with a demo exercise from the exercise compendium – Large Circle End-Range Scapular Rotations  —  a truly FUNCTIONAL challenge/exercise for scapular control.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 23, 2013 12:20 pm

    Dr. Spina, great explanation. I am aware of the importance of training retraction at various ranges of GH abduction and flexion when the abduction range of motion is fixed. However, where I fail in exercise prescription is getting the patient to perform retraction through a continuous arc of abduction or GH flexion. I find myself frustrated with the challenge of carrying over a “rehab” or “performance based” scapular exercise to a movement that the patient needs to do for their sport or their occupation.

    Can you provide any direction or advice on how to train scapular mobility while performing a dynamic abduction or flexion GH motion?

    Thank you for your great posts, they are always thought provoking.

    • May 27, 2013 6:15 pm

      Hi Jim

      I truly believe that often the problem lies not in the exercise, patient, or treating practitioner…but rather in having un-realistic expectations regarding progression. When ample time and work is put into the basic exercises as are demonstrated in the video the more complex movements are more attainable. The nervous system needs more time to adapt than is often afforded.

      …I hope that i understood the question??

      let me know

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