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The Luge Start: Rotator Cuff and Scapulothoracic Stabilization Exercises to Consider

Cerullo, James PhD, ATC, CSCS

Strength & Conditioning Journal: August 2011 - Volume 33 - Issue 4 - p 83-87
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3182289058
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THE LUGE START IMPOSES A SIGNIFICANT STRESS ON THE UPPER AND LOWER BACK. MUSCLE STRAINS WERE THE SECOND LEADING CAUSE OF INJURIES EXPERIENCED BY LUGE ATHLETES DURING 1985-1992, ACCOUNTING FOR 27% OF ALL INJURIES. WHEN CLASSIFIED IN RELATION TO BODY LOCATION, THE TOP 4 CONSISTED OF THE NECK, HAND, BACK, AND SHOULDER. ALTHOUGH WORLD-CLASS LUGE ATHLETES TRAIN YEAR ROUND, RESEARCH SPECIFIC TO THE SPORT IS SCARCE. THE PURPOSE OF THIS ARTICLE IS TO PRESENT SOME COMMON SHOULDER REHABILITATION EXERCISES TO CONSIDER WHEN TRAINING TO PROMOTE EFFICIENT MOVEMENT OF THE SHOULDER GIRDLE COMPLEX DURING THE LUGE START.

Education and Allied Studies Department, Physical Education and Exercise Science, John Carroll University, University Heights, Ohio

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James Cerullo is an assistant professor of Physical Education and Exercise Science.

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