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The Empty Can Exercise: Considerations for Strengthening the Supraspinatus

Kolber, Morey J PT, PhD, CSCS; Beekhuizen, Kristina S PT, PhD, CSCS

Strength & Conditioning Journal: April 2009 - Volume 31 - Issue 2 - pp 38-40
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3181966b46
COLUMNS: Flexibility and Rehab Tips

TRAINING PROGRAMS OFTEN INCLUDE PREVENTIVE EXERCISES DESIGNED TO STRENGTHEN THE ROTATOR CUFF MUSCULATURE. THE “EMPTY CAN” IS ONE OF THE MORE COMMON ROTATOR CUFF EXERCISES ADVOCATED TO STRENGTHEN THE SUPRASPINATUS MUSCLE. IMPLICATIONS SPECIFIC TO THE EMPTY CAN EXERCISE ARE DISCUSSED IN THIS COLUMN.

Department of Physical Therapy, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Morey J. Kolber is assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, Nova Southeastern University.

Kristina S. Beekhuizen is assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, Nova Southeastern University.

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