Shoulder Physiotherapy Exercises

By Steve Silverman

The shoulders are vitally important during the golf swing. Golfers who are trying to overcome injuries to their shoulders or a weakness caused by arthritis may need to do physiotherapy exercises to help their shoulders recover. The shoulders are supported by four small muscles that make up the rotator cuff, so exercises with heavy weights are not needed. Instead, tools like an exercise ball or a rubber exercise band can help the shoulders recover and get stronger.

Overhead Exercise Ball Lift

Take an exercise ball and hold it at your midsection while standing. Lift the ball over your head with both arms. Hold the lift for 2 seconds and then return it to midsection level. Do this exercise 10 times, take a 30-second break and then repeat the set.

Bench Press With Exercise Ball

Lie down on the ground and hold the exercise ball at chest level. Lift the ball up until you lock out your elbows. Hold this position for 3 seconds. Do this 15 times, take a 30-second break and then repeat the set.

Exercise Band Foot Stretch

Take an exercise band and place one end of it under your right foot. Take the other end in your right hand and hold it at waist level. Pull the right end up until it reaches shoulder height. Do this 10 times. Switch the position of the band so it is under your left foot and do 10 reps of this exercise. Take a 30-second break and then repeat the set.

Chest Stretch With Exercise Band

Hold an exercise band in both hands at shoulder level. Pull both ends until you have stretched the band about 12 inches on each side. Hold the position for 2 seconds before relaxing and returning to the starting point. Do this stretch 10 times, take a 30-second break and then repeat the set.

Pendulum Swing

Stand up next to a chair and bend down so that your left hand is on the seat of the chair. You will be bending over at the waist, and your back will be parallel to the floor. Let your right arm hang down and then do left-to-right pendulum movements with your arm. Your arm should get to a 45-degree angle at the conclusion of each swing. Do 10 swings in each direction and then do the same exercise with the other arm. Take a 30-second break and then repeat the set.

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.

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