Exercise of the Week: Resistance Band Shoulder Movement

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Every Wednesday, STACK features an Exercise of the Week to help you improve your overall sports performance—including strength, speed, conditioning and flexibility. This week we highlight a Resistance Band Shoulder Movement, four exercises combined in one to strengthen the muscles surrounding and supporting the shoulder.

Who's Doing It

  • Ben Watson, Cleveland Browns TE

Muscular Benefits

  • Increases shoulder strength, including the delts and traps
  • Increases shoulder stability

Sports Performance Benefits

  • Increasing shoulder strength with arms fully extended helps you overpower opponents when reaching for a pass or going up for a rebound
  • Improving shoulder stability reduces the chance of injury from contact

How to Perform the Resistance Band Shoulder Movement

  • Assume athletic stance with feet on resistance band and holding handles at sides
  • Raise arms out until parallel to ground
  • Rotate arms forward in front of shoulders and parallel to each other; keep arms parallel to ground
  • Raise arms straight up overhead
  • Lower arms in front of shoulders, parallel to each other and parallel to ground
  • Rotate arms to sides; keep arms parallel to ground
  • Lower to start position
  • Repeat sequence for specified reps

Sets/Reps: 4x9

Coaching Points

  • Keep body straight from head to heels
  • Maintain straight arms throughout all movements

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Topics: RESISTANCE BAND DRILLS | EXERCISE OF THE WEEK | EXERCISES | EXERCISE | SPORTS | INJURY | STANCE | SPORTS PERFORMANCE | HEELS | HANDLES | TRAPS