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Shoulder Health: Forearm Wall Slides with Band

Written on May 24, 2010 at 3:34 am, by Eric Cressey

On the recommendation of Mike Reinold, my co-creator of the Optimal Shoulder Performance DVD set, we’ve been using forearm wall slides as part of our warm-ups and shoulder health programs for the past year or so.  A variation is also featured on our Assess & Correct DVD as both an assessment and corrective drill.

With this exercise, the goal is to get to about 135 degrees of shoulder flexion without shrugging.  In other words, you’re checking just how well you upwardly rotate the scapulae.  A good progression for this is the forearm wall slides with band, where you simply wrap a band around the wrists.  The pull of the band forces your shoulder into internal rotation, so the external rotators (posterior rotator cuff and posterior deltoid) have to work isometrically to resist that movement.  As I learned from physical therapist Tim Tyler at the MGH/Harvard Med Sports Medicine 2010 conference recently, it also improves recruitment of the lower trapezius while decreasing anterior deltoid and upper trapezius activity.  In other words, it’s one of the best bang for your buck scapular stability and rotator cuff exercises out there:

For more information, check out our Optimal Shoulder Performance DVD set.


One Response to “Shoulder Health: Forearm Wall Slides with Band”

  1. ronald Says:

    Hi Eric,
    On another site that uses ur video, on of the cues for the forearm wall slides is to keep the scapula depressed, so you dont lift your arms up with your (upper) traps. When I do this it feels as if the scapular rotation is more pronounced. What do you think about this cue?

    Many thanks.


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