What is a good exercise to prepare for throwing a ball?

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Edward Phillips
Physical Therapy
Here's how to do diagonals to strengthen shoulders:

Reps: 10
Sets: 1-3
Intensity: Moderate
Tempo: 3-1-3
Rest: 30-90 seconds between sets

Starting position: Anchor resistance tubing to a door at chest level. Stand with your right side to the door. Position your legs hip-width apart, chest up, and shoulders down and back. Grasp the handle of the tubing in your right hand with your arm held out straight just below shoulder height, thumb facing forward. Keep tension on the tubing throughout the exercise.

Movement: This is a two-step exercise. Step 1: Keeping your wrist firm and arm straight, slowly pull your right arm down toward your right hip. Pause, then slowly return to the starting position. Finish all reps, then stand with your left side to the door and repeat, grasping the handle in your left hand. Step 2: Anchor the resistance tubing to the floor with your left foot. Hold the handle with your right hand near your left hip, thumb toward the wall. Keeping your wrist firm, slowly lift up your right hand up on a diagonal to shoulder height. Pause, then slowly bring your right hand back to your left hip. Finish all reps with the right arm before anchoring the tubing under your right foot and repeating with your left arm. This completes one set.

Tips and techniques:
  • You may need to use lighter resistance tubing on this exercise to complete the movement with good form and ease.
  • Keep your wrist firm and your shoulders down and back.
  • Exhale as you pull.
Too hard? Use lighter resistance tubing.

Too easy? Use heavier resistance tubing.

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