Shoulder Assessment

By Kelly Starrett

In Medical/Injuries, Reference, Videos

May 06, 2009

Video Article

In CrossFit and in life, we go overhead. Kelly Starrett, of San Francisco CrossFit, explains the essential anatomy and physiology of the shoulder. This is an excerpt from his one day seminar on Training the Injured Athlete at CrossFit Santa Cruz on March 14th, 2009.

The shoulder is designed primarily for mobility. There are a number of forces that rotate it internally, while there are relatively few forces rotating externally. Balancing the shoulder so that it remains in an optimal position for maximum stability and force production is the goal.

In this first video of the new series, Kelly talks about what to do with tight shoulders, and describes good and bad positioning when it comes to shoulder movement.

5min 38sec

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9 Comments on “Shoulder Assessment”


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Excellent as always, great speaker with tons of knowledge in a easy to understand language.


wrote …

I don't know how to stretch or typically what to stretch. I think we need a CrossFit stretching courser...Please!


wrote …

Excellent as always, your athletes are very fortunate to have you as a coach. I like Eva's overhead squatting machine, that's what I use the smith machine in our gym for.


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This series by Kelly is excellent. I have been rehabbing my shoulders from years of improper injury recovery, contact sport, and imbalances due to the anterior focus that is typical of many bodybuilding (mirror-oriented) routines.

Along with the rehab, I have done lots of yoga in the last year and half. My yoga instructor always incorporates some form of anterior shoulder stretch into her routine. I have found one of the most effective for me is "reverse table top" position. In exercise form, it is known as the "crab walk" or "crab crawl". I find the higher the hips, the more effective the stretch.

Question for Kelly: Have you ever worked the crab walk with clients? Would you recommend incorporating it into a warm up or make it part of a routine? Are there ways to benefit from this exercise other than just the increase in range of motion (i.e. other strength benefits)?


wrote …

The information in this video is great! It's a great reminder to keep things basic and leave the fine details up to professions, like physical therapist. But a lot of great information to stretch out ourselves/athletes/clients better. - Great info.


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Kelly- Your passion for the human body is infectious! Whenever I hear you speak I'm so excited to learn the nuts and bolts of how we move. Thanks for another great vid!


Max Shippee wrote …

Why is it every time I see/hear Kelly speak, I feel like I know absolutely nothing about human movement?

Kelly, I need to spend about a month just shadowing your every move, hoping that some of your expertise would somehow find it's way into my head. But for now, please, oh please, keep the videos coming, you're helping sooo many clients you don't even know!!


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Kelly - great information as always thank you.


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So I'm almost 3 months post labral tear surgery. I have about a month to go before the dr releases me. The tear (which was almost all the way around...still attached in the front) occurred doing clean and jerks. But I was having a lot of pain before it happened, doing pretty much any kind of overhead push. Pulls ie pullups were no problem. Needless to say, I'm a little nervous about doing overhead stuff again. I'll definitely take it slow and try to stay on that "shelf" that Kelly was talking about in one of his videos.

Kelly - Any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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