The swells have been consistent lately, the paddles long. My shoulders are not as happy about it as I am.
Your trapezius is located in the upper and middle back (I had to google it. None of those Tuesday/Thursday classes from senior year were in anatomy). This is the muscle you work when your shoulders are in use. It’s important to strengthen this muscle so you can put it to work while paddling instead of straining the ball and socket joint.
1. Lie on your stomach, face down with your arms overhead, elbows bent and your thumbs pointing up.
2. Lift your elbows and hands off the floor while pulling your shoulder blades together.
3. Let your elbows down and repeat.
Place a towel roll under your forehead to keep your face off the floor.
Have you ever had rotator cuff injuries or pain? I hear swimmers and tennis and baseball players often suffer too. Have you ever had to do physical therapy for an injury?… Did you actually do it?