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Shoulder Dislocation Exercises

by Dr. Rajan Perkash


If you’ve ever suffered from a dislocated shoulder (and pretty much anyone who rides motocross has or eventually will), you know how painful and frustrating this injury can be. Well, one of the TRX Community members, Josh can commiserate, having recently dislocated his shoulder during a game of hockey. Here, Dr. Rajan Perkash offers some sound advice on what TRX exercises Josh can do during his rehab, which will hopefully hasten his return to the ice.


I dislocated my shoulder the other day playing goalie (ice hockey). I’m wondering if there were some exercises on the TRX Suspension Trainer I can do to strengthen my shoulder?


Shoulder dislocation injuries are relatively common, especially in contact sports such as hockey, football, and motocross.

The shoulder capsule, which keeps the ball and socket of the shoulder joint together, is inevitably damaged during a dislocation to the shoulder. It can lead to chronic shoulder instability and subsequent repeated dislocations. In some circumstances, surgery is required to tighten the joint capsule, but in the majority of cases, aggressive rehabilitation to strengthen the rotator cuff musculature and shoulder girdle musculature is adequate to achieve a good functional outcome.

A thorough evaluation by a qualified sports medicine physician should be sought before consideration of any treatment program for a complex shoulder injury such as a shoulder dislocation. Appropriate treatment with medications, rest and subsequently a rehabilitation program are often appropriate and should be undertaken under the guidance of a physician and physical therapist.

The TRX Suspension Trainer can be a useful tool in the rehabilitation of shoulder injuries. Some excellent TRX exercises for this injury include the following:

Try these exercises above, and remember to cease any activity if pain is present. Good luck.

That's it for now, until next time, good luck with your training and remember, if you have a question, log on to the Virtual Trainer Expert Forum and have your question answered by a panel of experts. In addition, be sure and check out the Racer X Virtual Trainer archive section. Your complete one-stop information zone for motocross fitness. VT Signature

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