13 Fun Facts About Optimal Shoulder Performance

About the Author: Eric Cressey

With the recent release of Mike Reinold and my Optimal Shoulder Performance DVD Set, I thought it’d be a good time to list of a few more reasons to pick up a copy of this thorough resource.

1. The presentations in this DVD set not only outline the differences in shoulder conditions among ordinary lifting populations, sedentary folks, and overhead throwing athletes – but it also outlines different ways to manage these individuals.

2. When you consider annual salaries and signing bonuses, collectively, Mike and I manage over $1 billion in professional baseball shoulders annually.  If that doesn’t put your shoulder programs to the test, nothing will.


(just signed a 4-year, $68 million contract….Beckett, not Mike – sorry, Mike)

3. My second presentation of the day – Training the Injured Shoulder During- and Post-Rehabilitation – discusses what folks with different shoulder conditions CAN do in the weight room in spite of their shoulder issues.  This makes OSP a great resource for personal trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, and fitness enthusiasts concerned with maintaining a training effect without exacerbating shoulder symptoms.

4. You’ll put down your blanky and stop demanding a MRI for everything, because my first presentation of the day will demonstrate that diagnostic imaging like MRIs and x-rays are just one piece of a diagnostic puzzle that should include specific movement evaluations.


5. You’ll learn why the term “shoulder tendinitis” is usually a load of crap.

6. As you probably know, the Red Sox and Yankees don’t get along too well.

New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox

So, when a Red Sox staff member gives a talk so good that a Yankees organization staff member shows him some love, that’s a pretty good feather in your product’s cap:

“I attended this seminar with high hopes of learning more about the ‘baseball shoulder’ from two different approaches of the sports medicine and performance community.  This seminar not only exceeded my expectations, but more importantly, took ‘one huge leap’ toward bridging the gap between two different communities (physical therapy/athletic training and strength and conditioning) that have the same common goal: to get athletes on the field of play and keep them there.  These two highly-intelligent leaders of their respective fields have a great sense of evidence-influenced practice, and maybe more importantly, have an innate ability to readily and effectively communicate their knowledge.  Thanks to Eric and Mike, this seminar was momentous in the on-going mission of creating a ‘common language’ for those working in the performance-based fields.  I encourage any and all members of the performance fields to invest in the DVDs of this seminar and attend any seminar Mike and Eric put on. I promise you will learn something valuable every single time you have the opportunity to listen to either of them because they are constantly learning, studying, and changing – all great signs of any leader of any field.”

Scott DiFrancesco, ATC, CSCS
Minor League Athletic Trainer – New York Yankees

7. You’ll learn how to screen for congenital laxity and modify shoulder training in its presence.

8. Both Mike and I have been featured in The Boston Globe and The Boston Herald for our unique training methods.  Check these two examples out:

This Joint is Jumping (Mike)

Custom Body Shop (Eric)

9. These DVDs will make you realize that true symmetry in the human body is likely a complete myth, particularly in the context of throwing shoulders.

10. You’ll learn the most effective rotator cuff exercises, some of which I guarantee you won’t have seen before – so they’ll also keep your training “fresh.”


11. Mike was formerly the Facility Director of Champion Sports Medicine and the Coordinator of Rehabilitative Research & Clinical Education at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, AL.  That means he rehabbed a lot of big time athletes and did a lot of big-time research.  I, on the other hand, am best known for my charming wit, ravishingly good looks, and entertaining personality.

12. You’ll appreciate that simply repositioning the scapula can dramatically impact rotator cuff function to enable you to achieve personal bests you never thought were possible on 1-rep max rotator cuff exercises:

Okay, maybe there won’t be any 1RMs featured, but we will talk about the importance of scapular positioning with respect to cuff function.

13. You’ll learn about the different types of impingement, how to test for each, and how to manage these issues both in the context of rehabilitation and training around them.

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