Sports Medicine Knowledge for Coaches: Keeping the Shoulder Healthy in the Weight Room

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  • 1 Western Illinois University, USA

Weight training is an excellent example of where coaches need to have acquired knowledge and skills in the realms of sports medicine, strength and conditioning, and risk management for safety and injury prevention. There are several exercises and lifting techniques that may increase the risk of shoulder injuries. This article will focus on the prevalence of injuries from weight training, a brief discussion of shoulder anatomy, three of the more common shoulder pathologies, and weight training modifications to assist in the prevention of these shoulder pathologies.

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Renee L. Polubinsky and Jennifer M. Plos are with the Department of Kinesiology, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL

Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Renee Polubinsky, Department of Kinesiology, Western Illinois University, Brophy Hall 220B,1 University Circle, Macomb, Illinois 61455. Email:
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