How to Test Your Overhead Mobility

by Brian Wolfe, DPT, OCS

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Welcome to Overhead Mobility Week! We will be discussing ways to test your overhead mobility and stability and understand why they're such important factors for injury prevention and athletic performance. 


What the heck is overhead mobility and stability?!


We're talking about reaching or lifting something over your head. Pretty simple, right? However, there are a lot of muscles that must coordinate simultaneously in order to achieve normal range of motion. It also requires a very specific type of strength and stability to consistently perform overhead lifts required in CrossFit, Olympic lifting, bodybuilding, fitness and general daily life activities without injuring yourself.  


What are the common injuries that can occur because of poor overhead mobility?


Common injuries stemming from a lack of overhead mobility and stability include rotator cuff tears, labral tears, biceps tendinitis, AC joint injuries, cervical radiculopathy, thoracic outlet syndrome, impingement and many more. Needless to say, it's crucial to consistently address overhead range of motion and strength to prevent these injuries and continue to make progress towards your goals in the gym or on the field.


How do I test my overhead mobility?


I’m glad you asked! Check out the following video to learn:



For more guidance on testing and improving your overhead mobility and stability, feel free to reach out to a physical therapist!


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