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Sports 2015, 3(3), 188-201; doi:10.3390/sports3030188

Upper Extremity Muscle Activation during Bodyblade Exercises Following Six Weeks of Intervention Focusing on the Lumbopelvic-Hip Complex

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School of Kinesiology, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849, USA
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Heart and Vascular Institute Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA 17033, USA
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School of Kinesiology, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849, USA
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Lemak Sports Medicine and Orthopedics, Birmingham, AL 35213, USA
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Agility Center, Orthopedics, Bentonville, AR 72712, USA
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Eling de Bruin
Received: 30 May 2015 / Revised: 18 July 2015 / Accepted: 3 August 2015 / Published: 6 August 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sports Medicine)
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Abstract

The current study examined the effects of a six-week lumbopelvic-hip complex (LPHC) strengthening program on muscle activation when performing the shoulder dump exercise. The shoulder dump is a total body exercise that includes overhead arm movements. A pre-post test with a control group was implemented. Twenty-seven graduate students (23.5 ± 1.34 yr; 174.4 ± 11.0 cm; 76.6 ± 16.9 kg) participated. Participants were randomly assigned to a control or intervention group where the intervention group performed LPHC exercises. Two-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) revealed a significant increase in muscle activation of the serratus anterior from pre- and post-LPHC intervention, (t = 6.5, p < 0.001). As presented by these data, incorporation of LPHC exercises may assist in facilitating greater activation in some of the scapula-stabilizing musculature that has traditionally been rehabilitated in prone or side-lying positions. It is, therefore, suggested that LPHC exercises be incorporated in a regular shoulder rehabilitation program. View Full-Text
Keywords: core; electromyography; functional shoulder rehabilitation; kinetic chain core; electromyography; functional shoulder rehabilitation; kinetic chain
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Oliver, G.D.; Stone, A.J.; Weimar, W.H.; Lemak, L.; Washington, J.K.; Dougherty, C.P. Upper Extremity Muscle Activation during Bodyblade Exercises Following Six Weeks of Intervention Focusing on the Lumbopelvic-Hip Complex. Sports 2015, 3, 188-201.

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