PADDLE SCIENCE #3 –
SHOULDERS AND SUP
Words – Kate Starling
Photos – Nick Lloyd
If you’ve ever sustained a shoulder injury, you’ll know just how quickly it can stop you from getting out on the water. Shoulder injuries can commonly affect SUPers and are typically caused by the repetitive loading paddling brings.
The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body and allows you to move through a huge range of movement, far greater than any other joint in your body. However, as the shoulder is so mobile, maintaining stability at the shoulder is paramount. Shoulder stability is mainly provided by four rotator cuff muscles and their tendons which hold the head of the humerus into the shoulder socket: the infraspinatus, supraspinatus, subscapularis and teres minor. When moving, the strength and balance between these muscles is critical to ensure that the humeral head remains central within its socket. However, habitual posture and repetitive movement patterns can lead to an imbalance between the rotator cuff muscles. If the muscles become excessively tight or change in strength, it can cause the humerus to deviate away from its central position resulting in shoulder pain and injury on movement.
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