Last year, I was lucky to get tickets for Wimbledon Centre Court. The elite players have a top notch physiotherapist in place to prevent and treat injuries. Strangely enough the most common injury in tennis is a lower limb injury! But Darcis, who beat Nadal, had to pull out of his next match because of a shoulder injury.
You don't have to be a top athlete to injure your shoulders. Any prolonged or repetitive overhead activity can cause shoulder problems. The most common shoulder injury is a Rotator Cuff Impingement Syndrome.
Shoulder impingement is common in people who perform repetitive overhead work. For example, as many as 70% of construction workers report shoulder pain, compared to 25% of the general population.
In a recent study by physiotherapy researchers of shoulder pain in 240 construction workers, half of the workers participated in a home exercise program designed to prevent shoulder injuries, while the other half served as controls.
At the end of the 2 year study, the workers participating in the exercise program had fewer injuries than the non-exercising control group. In fact, the workers not performing the exercise program were 1½ times more likely to have a shoulder injury.
If you are either an employer or an overhead worker, a physiotherapy exercise program may be beneficial in reducing shoulder injuries.
For more information on shoulder injuries, have a look at our web-site 'Useful Resources' section and go to the links provided.
This news item was the main article in my September 2013 Newsletter. If you would like to receive a copy of the newsletter, please send me an email or use the Contact Form on the 'Contact Us' page.