Our shoulder blades (scapulae) are awesome! They move a lot more than most people give them credit for. They move like windshield wipers when you do most shoulder exercises or reach overhead. They provide a stable foundation that can point the shoulder joint to where it needs to go. The actual shoulder joint is akin to a golf ball on a tee, and can move a whole bunch, but the shoulder blades are the foundation that anchors the shoulder onto the body. Try these two tests to see if you have good control over your shoulder blades.
If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, it’s probably best to let the shoulder rest a bit while you heal up. You can try lowering weights, changing movements, or reducing ranges of motion, or resting it. Be sure to check out our exercise library to find some more videos that could help you.
If the pain persists, be sure to find a healthcare provider who knows a thing or two about training so you can get back in the game and ready to train your hardest again!