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Scapula Stabilization to Reduce Risk of Shoulder Injury

Much of the work my team and I did over the course of a year to help Linda Hamilton recreate her role as Sarah Connor from the Terminator movies was focused on stabilization of the shoulder capsule. In Terminator: Dark Fate, which opened worldwide on November 1st, Hamilton performed many of own her physical stunts, including firing various shoulder mounted weapons, in addition to physical contact with her co-stars.

Scapula Retractions:

Face away from the corner of two adjoining walls. With arms below shoulder level in a “genie” position, back into the corner with elbows touching each wall. Feet are pointing out about one foot away from the corner, permitting a slight lean backward into the walls. Push the elbows out, while simultaneously retracting the shoulder blades. Try 10 repetitions.

Arm Raises:

Stand with back to a wall with head and buttocks in contact. Arms should be abducted (away from mid-line) at a 90-degree angle to the body; elbows should also be at 90-degrees. The back of the hands and the elbows are in contact with the wall. Simultaneously, attempt to raise both hands overhead, while keeping the back of the hands in contact with the wall and elbows in close proximity. Try 5-10 arm raises.

Remember, you should always consult your physician before beginning any exercise, diet, or nutritional supplementation program.

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Don't miss Meg Farris' interview with Linda Hamilton tonight at 10pm on WWL