Shoulder Pain: Is It Impinging On Your Life?

05/30/2012
By John Hofman It is well documented that firefighting is a physically demanding job. Throughout your career, you will deal with some type of injury (i.e., lower back, knee, shoulder). Lower back injuries are ranked as the highest among musculoskeletal injuries, followed by knees and shoulders. Shoulder problems are starting to become more apparent with firefighters because of a number of factors such as a reduction in thoracic spine mobility, rotator cuff endurance, and scapula stability. These attributes develop over time because of the physical demands required during normal fireground operations. Poor exercise selection and technique in firefighter fitness programs could see an in...

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