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Rotator Cuff Exercises: One favorite drill for strengthening the rotator cuff

Updated: 2 days ago

Written by PLAYWORK | April 2024


The "ball on wall" exercise, also known as the "wall ball exercise," can be beneficial for strengthening the rotator cuff muscles, among others. This exercise involves pressing a ball against a wall with your hand while moving it in various directions, engaging the muscles of the shoulder complex, including the rotator cuff.

Here's why it can be effective:


  1. Rotator Cuff Activation: The movement patterns involved in the ball on wall exercise typically engage the rotator cuff muscles, particularly the supraspinatus, which is commonly involved in shoulder stability and elevation.

  2. Dynamic Stability: This exercise challenges the dynamic stability of the shoulder joint, which is important for everyday activities and sports movements that require shoulder mobility and control.

  3. Scapular Muscles Engagement: Proper execution of the ball on wall exercise also requires activation of the scapular stabilizers, which support the rotator cuff and contribute to shoulder stability.

  4. Versatility: The exercise can be modified to target different aspects of shoulder strength and stability by adjusting the size and firmness of the ball, the distance from the wall, and the direction of movement.




However, it's important to ensure proper technique and progression to avoid exacerbating shoulder issues or causing injury. It's recommended to start with lighter resistance and gradually increase as strength and control improve. Additionally, if you have any existing shoulder pain or injuries, it's best to consult with a physical therapist or healthcare professional before starting this or any other exercise regimen. They can provide personalized guidance based on your specific needs and condition.

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