My Iceberg Theory of Shoulder Pain


Luke explains how what lies away from the shoulder can have a huge impact on shoulder function.

In this episode:

00:15 – How to avoid Shoulder pain when doing strength training
01:15 – Why most strength programs don’t provide whole body balance
02:55 – Why some people struggle with strength training programs
03:24 – Discover Luke’s Iceberg Theory of Shoulder Pain
04:07 – How the lower kinetic chain influences shoulder function
05:25 – Learn how dominant muscle patterns influence shoulder stability
06:16 – How your lifting technique can impact your shoulder joint
07:00 – How your dominant training method influences neuromuscular patterning about the shoulder
07:35 – The negative effects of muscle inhibition and dominant muscle patterning
09:15 – Pelvic, scapula and rotator cuff muscle activation has to be in your program

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Luke Van Every here with Shoulder Guy TV.

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In this episode of Shoulder Guy TV, I explain my Iceberg Theory of Shoulder Pain as it applies to a general strengthening and powerlifting program.

What lies beneath or away from the shoulder can have a huge impact on shoulder function, shoulder strength and shoulder stability and some people just aren’t cut out to be smashing themselves in the gym. In saying that, everybody in my opinion should be doing some form of strength and conditioning training but a little bit of knowledge about how exercise can impact your shoulder can go a long way.

So good on you if you’re out there trying to better yourself but just remember that rarely one size fits all. This may mean that you can keep training but may need to choose an equally as good alternative exercise that is more appropriate for you.

You must consider things like your body structure type, dominant muscle patterning and how muscle activation imbalance can impact key areas that help maintain stability and allow proper energy transfer through your body.

Key areas like the pelvis, the scapula and the rotator cuff must be incorporated into any strength and conditioning program and are integral in maintaining shoulder stability and preventing an unwanted and potentially activity ending shoulder injury.


However, my big take home tip from today’s episode is that (shoulder) muscle activation is infinitely more important than muscle strength at least in the initial stages of any training program…because you can’t strengthen anything you can’t activate.

So targeting exercises that promote activation of key muscles around the pelvis, the scapula and shoulder joint with a focus on whole body movements is a great idea for better muscle balance, better muscle activation and longevity in the gym.

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