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Scapular upward rotation position is symmetrical in swimmers without current shoulder pain

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McLaine, SJ and Ginn, KA and Fell, JW and Bird, M-L, Scapular upward rotation position is symmetrical in swimmers without current shoulder pain, Physical Therapy in Sport, 29 pp. 9-13. ISSN 1466-853X (2018) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2017 Elsevier Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.ptsp.2017.09.003

Abstract

Objectives: A history of shoulder pain is common in swimmers and may influence scapular position, possibly increasing the risk of shoulder pain recurring. The aim of this study was to establish and compare bilateral static measures of scapular upward rotation in swimmers (14-20 years), some with a history of shoulder pain but all currently pain free, in two different elevated positions of shoulder abduction.

Design: Cross-sectional, observational study.

Participants: Eighty-five swimmers without current shoulder pain.

Methods: Scapular upward rotation position was measured on both shoulders using a digital inclinometer in 90 and 140 shoulder abduction. Descriptive statistics were calculated for degrees of scapular upward rotation in both shoulder positions. Differences between shoulders (dominant, non-dominant, history and no history of pain) were explored using one-way ANOVA and paired t tests.

Results: A large range of values for scapular upward rotation was found at both positions of shoulder abduction but there were no significant differences between the shoulders: with and without a history of shoulder pain for the dominant and non-dominant sides.

Conclusions: A history of shoulder pain and arm dominance did not influence scapular upward rotation position when measured in shoulder abduction in swimmers without current shoulder pain.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:injury, shoulder, swimmers, physiotherapy, scapula, rotation, scapular kinematics
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Human Movement and Sports Science
Research Field:Biomechanics
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Health and Support Services
Objective Field:Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services)
UTAS Author:McLaine, SJ (Ms Sally McLaine)
UTAS Author:Fell, JW (Associate Professor James Fell)
UTAS Author:Bird, M-L (Dr Marie-Louise Bird)
ID Code:126128
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2018-05-24
Last Modified:2019-03-25
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