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An athlete experiencing a chronic dull ache between the shoulders (scapula) and intermittently in the neck, but following a lifting program which includes squats and olympic lifts schedules a visit with the team physician. Imaging confirms two disc protrusions in the cervical region. For the optimal results olympic lifting should stop, and the focus for the training should be to normalize the neck issues with the ELDOA and proprioceptive exercises. Additionally, performance training can shift to a phase of specific ABS training, the gravity squat, and lower limb reinforcement in combination with a daily daily ELDOA program. This will result in the quickest changes to the injured tissue and the athlete will not lose any time training as less compressive lifts will be used addressing the cervical imbalance.

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