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Is There A Relation Between Shoulder Dysfunction And Core Instability?

Authors: Radwan A, Francis J, Green A, Kahl BS, Maciurzynski D, Quartulli A, Schultheiss BS, Stran R, Weiss B

Overhead athletes often suffer injury to the glenohumeral joint secondary to inherent instability. However, little is known about the relationship between core stability and shoulder dysfunction among athletes. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to analyze the difference between healthy athletes and those with shoulder dysfunction with regard to core stability measures. A secondary purpose was to explore the relationship between measures of core stability and measures of shoulder dysfunction. The authors found balance deficiency in athletes with shoulder dysfunction. According to the results of this study, greater shoulder dysfunction is correlated with greater balance and stability deficiency. Thus rehabilitation professionals should consider incorporating balance training, as an integral component of core stability, into the rehabilitation of athletes with shoulder dysfunction.

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