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This month The LondonTrainer Network saw us welcome surgical consultant Steve Corbett from Guys Hospital to talk on the shoulder. For those who came to Steve Corbett's talk here is a little video to remind you of some of the assessments he ran through courtesy of the Foundry Team and a write up of the event below.

The shoulder has been an area of considerable interest to me for some time, particularly with two surgeries to my own credit and so it should be to ANY personal trainer worth their salt. The combination of multiple muscle attachments, high mobility, complex muscle patterning, and constant involvement during training and sport means that it is frequently the site of injury and pain.

While not disregarding total kinetic chain function, a better understanding of shoulder mechanics and the physiology and anatomy surrounding it can be an invaluable tool for any trainer during assessment or programming, particularly when dealing with someone who has previously suffered injury there. A look around health clubs will quickly highlight that the general public (and far too many fitness professionals) are deficient in this area of practice.

Steve's talk covered key shoulder injuries, namely anterior instability/dislocation, rotator cuff pathology, calcific tendinitis, adhesive capsulitis, and simple assessments with the occasional segue into topics ranging from epidemiology and surgical decision making. He covered an excellent 15-second shoulder assessment that I hope to be posting a video on shortly.

I also found his honesty over the training aspects in relation to injury particularly refreshing. It is becoming a worrying trend for online fitness 'experts' to talk about medical professionals in a rather perjorative fashion, yet I rarely hear medical professionals be so disparaging. Steve was perfectly open to listening to the opinions of the audience on training and delivered his content objectively without bias or dogma and free of ego. Personally I find this quite refreshing and a trend that some in the fitness business would do well to adopt more often.

The talk concluded with some open questions on training, injury, safety, and referrals fielded by an audience that included strength coaches, trainers, osteopaths, and massage therapists. in summary, a very valuable evening of learning from a clinical authority on the topic of shoulder and elbow health. We are very pleased to be able to offer these great opportunities to fitness professionals into 2011.

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