The Scapular Push-Up (Kneeling) Exercise is a great way to build stabilising strength and mobility in your shoulder blades, thus enabling more efficient and consistent movement in your golf swing and helping to prevent injury.
The Scapular Push-Up (Kneeling) Exercise forms part of the Golf Injury Prevention series of innovative and dynamic exercises that will help to protect you from pain and injury by building strength and stability around your most vulnerable areas, while improving mobility, balance and joint function.
Figure 1. Scapular Push-Up (Kneeling) Exercise Video.
- Start on your hands and knees, the palms of your hands flat on the floor underneath your shoulders.
- Slowly push your shoulder blades as far apart as possible by lifting your upper back towards the ceiling.
- Keep your arms straight as you slowly lower your back about 1 inch (2.5cm) by bringing your shoulder blades together.
- Slowly return to the starting position.
- Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.
The movement is initiated entirely by your shoulder blades, not your spine.
Keep your torso solid and your back straight.
Keep your head in line with your torso, and your abdominal muscles engaged to stabilise your spine.
You should feel it working your shoulders and upper back.
To really focus on developing your muscle control and mobility further, try the Scapular Push-Up (1 Arm, Kneeling) Exercise.
Once you can perform this exercise easily, with perfect form, try the full Scapular Push-Up Exercise.
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