With that said, this was demonstrated by Lucus and colleagues who showed altered muscle activation patterns caused by trigger points led to inefficient muscle function and resulted in early muscle fatigue predisposing the athlete to injury. This led researchers to conclude that the serratus anterior acts as a deep stabilizer similar to that of the rotator cuff muscles.
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Which has the capacity to further alter muscle actions, if an improper ratio occurs the resulting compensation pattern can lead to secondary latent trigger points?
The most common rotator cuff injuries are impingements and tears.
As sports fans and athletes alike know, shoulder injuries are serious business. They can be extremely painful, limiting, and slow to heal.
Impingement: An impingement occurs when a rotator cuff muscle swells and cramps the space between the arm and shoulder bones, causing pinching. Tear: A less common injury, a rotator cuff tear occurs when a rotator cuff tendon or muscle is torn.
Repetitive, overhead motions can wear down the rotator cuff muscles and are thus a common cause of injury. A traumatic injury, such as falling onto your arm, can also cause injury.
A rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that stabilize the shoulder and allow it to move. Physical therapist and founder of WebPT Heidi Jannenga says you should visualize the head of the arm bone as a golf ball, and the area of the shoulder blade as a golf tee. She says, “The rotator cuff serves as a sleeve that enables the ball to spin and roll while remaining on the tee.”