A Summary of Serratus

 
Hi and greetings from the charisma and chaos of India. Those faces above are some of my new friends - who could have thought there could be so much laughter while serious learning takes place on a Rehab Trainer course?! I have loved it!

We have had booked out courses here in Delhi and Bangalore, while Mark Davis takes Brisbane by storm (pardon the pun for Queenslanders who recently took a massive hit from Cyclone Debbie) and I wanted you to be aware that the early bird registrations for another soon approaching course runs out next week - Perth Rehab Essentials. Don’t miss out WA on your 2017 opportunity! Register here now to avoid missing out on EB on April 14! Price goes up from $970 to $1067 if you don’t register in time.

Wrapping Up Serratus 

Let’s take stock of Serratus Anterior - a muscle surprisingly misunderstood and undervalued in the exercise and even allied health industries. Its the powerhouse of the active shoulder, and absolutely critical for overhead shoulder health. (Can anyone convince me there is another more important muscle?)

One of the on-going misunderstandings is that it has any role in the pulling movement - it can only push forward and upwards! That’s all - and if you pack your scapula back and down, it switches off. It has to!

Muscles can easily be overactive or tight, and thereby inhibit it - Pec Minor / Major, Rhomboids, Levator Scapula, even Lat Dorsi; and if your thoracic is over-flexed or over-extended it doesn’t help it at all. So there are many ingredients that prevent it from performing effectively..

Classic pathomechanics include the more obvious scapular winging, and the less obvious downwardly rotated / anteriorly tilted scapula - both will weaken the push movement and overload the rotator cuff.

Best cues for clients? Well, I still think “Push / reach with your armpit” is the best, but keep enforcing the elbow to stay exactly behind the wrist during any push movements. 

And which exercise would I choose for my client?…..well where do I start! Depends on:
  • Pain levels, 
  • Client co-ordination and strength levels, 
  • Ask yourself whether the client needs more forward push strength, or more overhead push strength. 
  • Lastly - which ones work for you personally? They are the ones mostly likely to give you confidence to teach (of course!) effectively.
So feel free to go through the whole series again in succession on our Vimeo account or in our library. Refresh your memory and practice a few. 

Do a group Serratus workshop with your friends and colleagues! Our shout ;)

I will take a short break next Rehab Friday for Easter (always so meaningful to me and my community) and see you the week after.

Take care,
Ulrik

   
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