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Video: Why Serratus Anterior Matters

Written on October 5, 2017 at 6:12 am, by Eric Cressey

I've written and spoken a lot about the importance of proper serratus anterior function for shoulder health. In today's video, I want to demonstrate this importance in a non-traditional way: by showing what happens when serratus anterior isn't able to do its job. Check out the impact of long thoracic nerve palsy on shoulder function:

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3 Responses to “Video: Why Serratus Anterior Matters”

  1. Nikos Psara Konstantakopoulos Says:

    I’m very interested to see how to address this.. I’ve hade the same issue for over 10 yrs now.. since my cervical fusion at c5-c6.

  2. Bentley Wall Says:

    Holy crud! That was a superb video! I wish all orthopedic doctors explained complex anatomical motion and function as well as you do. One thing: You did the lateral raise with both arms and it is clearly obvious how the two shoulders are behaving differently and why. I was hoping you would do the same for the anterior lift, but you only had him do the “bad” arm. Would lifting both arms to the front simulataneously show any functional contrast as clearly as the lateral raise did? Thank you

  3. Paula Tepedino Says:

    Helpful anatomy in motion video.

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