Tight shoulders are hardly unique to boxers or punchers of any kind. All types of athletes experience lack of range throughout their shoulder joint which ultimately leads to poor sport performace. This is certainly happening during this fine Spring season as baseball has begun. Mike Pelfrey from the New York Mets has been experiencing shoulder tightness, impacting his ability to play and the same has been true for LA Angels’ Maicer Izturis. Fighters often face the same type of discomfort these ball players experience. It can lead to inflamation in the joint and a level of discomfort that mimics ligament tears. If you feel pain, tightness, stiffness or lack of mobility in the front of your shoulder through the top of your pecs, do not fret right away because it may just be poor flexibility – which can be easily fixed.
Having adequate range of motion in the shoulder joint is key in preventing injuries to more than just the shoulder iteself. You can avoid neck (or trapezius) and upper chest (pectoralis) injuries as well. Even people who lift a lot of weights, particualrly chest and shoulder without incorporating range of motion exercises or dynamic movement of some kind, can be prone to injuries in this area.
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