If, as somebody once said, the knee was designed when God’ s attention was distracted, the shoulder was created when He was at the height of his powers.
Consider what the shoulder does, and how many athletes – swimmers, tennis players, bowlers, baseball pitchers, javelin throwers – take it for granted.
The shoulder can assume no less than 1,600 different positions and, as Dr Simon Kemp points out early in this special report, there is more movement at the shoulder joint than at any other joint in the body. It is a truly remarkable “piece of kit”.
But it goes wrong! Largely, this is because of the stress and punishment that the shoulder is subjected to in the modern sports world. That’s where this special report comes in.
Prepared by the combined experts of Sports Performance Bulletin and Sports Injury Bulletin, this report looks at every aspect of shoulder care and injury prevention, how and why it goes wrong and what you can do about it.
Shoulder overview: For athletes who rely on their shoulders, here are the five main ingredients for keeping them injury-free – Ulrik Larsen
Rotator-cuff protection: A specialist in treating sports injuries explains how overhead athletes can prevent chronic shoulder pain – Simon Kemp
Preventing injuries: A sports fitness expert suggests further exercises to help you avoid shoulder pain – Raphael Brandon
A surgical view: An orthopaedic surgeon explains why shoulders go wrong and what can be done to repair them – Alex Watson
Case study: How a keen club golfer was cured of a nagging shoulder pain – Ulrik Larsen
Technical review: Two surgeons discuss the diagnosis and treatment of acromioclavicular injuries in athletes – Reza Jenabzadeh and Fares Haddad
Prehab guide: Assessing shoulder problems, with practical advice on achieving balanced upper-body development – Raphael Brandon