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Old 10-06-2004, 08:38 AM   #26
Jeanne Shepard
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Re: Shoulder pain in break falls

Ellis Amdur wrote:
One other point too often neglected. The shoulders have to be strong enough. In addition to all the technical recommendations on how to properly fall, one needs to have enough strength in the ligaments and muscles of the shoulder to protect the joint, not only from direct impact, but also shock. If the shoulder is too weak/loose, even a proper fall may hurt as it moves around too much. The same thing, by the way, is also true for the hips. - - - and the best way to strengthen the joints is weight training - I'd recommend you get a good trainer - preferrably an exercise physiologist - show the motions, body position, etc. of ukemi and ask for assistance in both general power training and that specific to what you're doing.

I know you've given me this advice in the past, now , maybe since I'm getting hurt, I'll actually follow it!

Thanks, everyone!

Jeanne (soon to be member of frequent flyer club) Shepard
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