Upper crossed syndrome is a term that most of you reading this haven’t heard before. This is a common term for us in the physical therapy world and definitely a term that we need to define and tell you more about because it relates directly to the quarterback position a great deal. The problem is that nearly EVERY quarterback we work with exhibits either a piece of this syndrome or has this syndrome full blown. If you present this way, you are automatically putting yourself at greater risk for injury and also putting a ceiling on your performance. You don’t want to do that do you quarterbacks? Check out today’s very informative post on what this is and how to fix it!!
The shoulder is an extremely important system of four joints that need to work together in order to not only have great performance, but also decrease injury risk at the same time. These two important aspects of performance go hand in hand at the quarterback position. When we were young quarterbacks, we thought we could lift a lot of weight, get lots of repetitions in throwing the football, and not perform any extra “prehab” type work and our shoulders would hold up. We were WRONG! All three of us have battled numerous shoulder problems such as rotator cuff strain, shoulder impingement, labral tears, and biceps tendinitis. These aren’t injuries that are going to keep you off the field, but are injuries that will greatly decrease performance. It’s time to take the initiative to see what YOU can do to prevent these injuries and also increase your throwing mechanics to the best of your ability! Today, we go over four great exercises that you can perform before these issues arise.