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Don't Forget About Scapular Stabilization!

There's a whole slew of shoulder exercise programs out there. Many of them are great, but many need to be scrutinized. When determining whether or not a shoulder/upper body exercise program is appropriate, we often suggest looking at which muscle groups are being targeted. If the "scapular stabilizers" are mentioned, you're probably on the right track. An important component of upper body training involves scapular stabilization, which involves shoulder blade-specific movements designed to strengthen the muscles that assist with overhead motion. When reaching overhead, movement occurs primarily at two joints: the glenohumeral joint and scapulothoracic joint. Since two joints are involved, a