On the offensive line, it's a do-or-die mission to protect the quarterback. However, there is one form of injury that the O-Line has no chance of stopping: shoulder overuse.
Quarterbacks—and other overhead-throwing athletes—are extremely susceptible. Most shoulder issues in athletes result from weakness in the posterior muscles, weakness of the core or tightness of the anterior shoulder muscles.
There are many ways to correct these problems through exercise. Because the human body operates as a single system, the TRX Suspension Trainer is the most useful tool I've found. It allows athletes to condition their shoulders and core together instead of individually.
Here are three efficient exercises to keep your QB pain- and injury-free. (Check out more shoulder exercises for athletes in any sport)
This is a great exercise to teach athletes how to stabilize their arms with their shoulder girdles, keep their shoulder blades down and back and reduce the use of their trapezius muscles. In physical therapy, it is often performed in a prone (lying down) position. Using the TRX allows the core to be engaged while performing the exercise.
Be sure to keep the shoulders down and back; do not shrug them up.
Because it's the opposite of the throwing motion, the Y exercise trains the muscles that normally get weak and over-stretched. It also helps with maintaining proper posture, thus reducing the chance of an impingement injury.
This is an important exercise because it works the posterior shoulder muscles while also strengthening the external rotators. The external rotators are part of the rotator cuff, which is a commonly injured area. The stronger those small stabilizing muscles are, the less likely the shoulder will be overused or injured.
Once again, be sure to keep your shoulder blades down and back.
Learn more TRX exercises by browsing through STACK's TRX Library.