A shoulder injury is becoming a regular injury in the GAA lately. It is mostly caused by the physical contact in the game. It is also caused by use of the arms, sometimes overstretching for a ball forces the shoulder to pop out. In severe cases, injuries can last up to six months. In other cases then shoulder injuries can last less than a month.
Usually it is the rotator cuff which is affected in a shoulder injury. The rotator cuff is a set of tendons and muscles surrounding the shoulder joint. The function is to stabilize the shoulder. Each time you move your upper body you are using your shoulder joint so it is important to keep it injury free.
In order to try and prevent shoulder injuries occurring it is important to keep the muscle around the shoulder strong. There are numerous exercises that can be done to achieve this.
If you have pain in your shoulder after an activity it is important to stop and rest it. If you keep doing the same action it is going to cause an injury.
Warming up before exercise is also very important. If you start shoulder exercises in the gym without warming it up properly there is a high chance of an injury occurring.
After a shoulder injury happens it is very important to rest up. Taking at least a week off from any strenuous exercise can be very beneficial. It will allow the tendons to recover from inflammation.
After all the pain has gone then rehab should start to build back up strength in the shoulder. Exercises such as external rotations should be used to restore mobility and range of motion.
It is also important to keep shoulder strengthening exercises in your daily routine. They help to restore strength in the shoulder and to prevent further injury from occurring.