The large muscles (latissimus dorsi, trapezius, rhomboids, quadratus lumborum…) need to be trained with a lot of specific movements in relation to the specific quality of training that you need (strength, volume, power, speed, resistance, endurance and fitness maintenance) for each muscle group. The spinal muscles need to be trained to improve their ability to provide postural support.

There are also numerous, yet specific exercises, which can solicit the proximal, distal, medial, lateral, middle, superficial or deep portions of each muscle in the upper extremities. Students will learn over hundred different exercises that are invaluable in both performance training and rehabilitation. The function of the shoulder girdle is a major topic of this seminar.

Seminar Outline:

  • Technical analysis of the movements which are the basis of muscle strengthening
  • Learning to perfect the movement (progression factors)
  • How to avoid injury with the appropriate preparation and warm-ups
  • Quality effort in terms of strength, volume, power, speed, resistance, endurance and fitness maintenance
  • Strengthening methods for all the upper extremities and trunk muscles
  • Muscular re-education programs
  • Sports preparation programs

Pre-Course Study Questions

  1. Discuss the anatomy of the biceps brachii long head and short head.
  2. Discuss the anatomy of thee triceps and anconeus muscle.
  3. Name the muscles that comprise the anatomical rotator cuff.
  4. Discuss the attachments of the deltoid muscle.
  5. Name the interscapular muscles and discuss the anatomical attachments.
  6. What are the attachments of the pectoralis major muscle?
  7. Discuss the functions of the pec minor muscle.
  8. Compare and discuss the different attachments of the transversospinali muscle in the following spine regions: cervical, thoracic, lumbar.