The above shoulders are all too common today.
So what’s wrong with them? I mean this guy looks jacked ripped right?
That’s great, but…
He can’t fight the fundamental laws of anatomy and the body’s Optimal Design.
And if you can see the backs of your hands while standing normally, there’s an injury waiting to happen. At the VERY least, you’ve just amped up the odds of sustaining an injury. Period. Not open for debate.
This football player, unless he’s stretching, has shoulders so locked forward it’s impossible for him to have full rotational capacity.
If he’s not able to use his shoulders optimally, then all the added bulk won’t stand a chance when he’s put in a compromised position.
That might be when he has to reach back to make a tackle – placing his shoulder in a more vulnerable position if hit. I would say fortunately he’s a defensive back. If he were a linebacker or lineman, he’d likely be exposed to more opportunities of force at a reach behind position.
And if he were a quarterback, baseball player, or tennis player – he’d be in worse shape. Any type of throwing motion with shoulders locked forward in this position is especially problematic.
Now, you may look at yourself as an athlete (or non-athlete), and say, “Well, I don’t look that extreme.”
And that’s great. Just be honest with yourself.
The great news for the athlete above, or anyone, is this forward position of the shoulder can be corrected. And really pretty quickly.
How would he do that?
Well, the root cause of the shoulders being locked forward of the optimal position has to be assessed.
It might be in part because of his pelvis tilting forward. If that’s the case, you can’t simply look at movements for the shoulder. That’s what most people do.
You have to address the pelvis too.
He’s likely been bench pressing a lot to get ready for the combine testing (225lb reps test).
But whatever the cause, once assessed, then using enough specific functional movement to engage the right muscles will begin to shift the bones (and alignment) back to a more optimal position. A position that will enable him to move better, and use more of his strength full on.
If you’re an athlete, or just want to understand more about what’s going on here, certainly you can contact us directly. I also encourage you to read the free special report Unleash Your Ultimate Athlete.