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LTAD - a critique
Demands of the game
Profile of players
Functional screening
Resistance training
Speed and agility training
Integrated game conditioning

Corrective exercise strategies

Upper trapezius stretch

Stretching alone

Position the muscle group and joint

  • To isolate the upper trapezius, have the player sitting comfortably on a chair. Ask him to sit tall and then to turn the head to the side away from the stretch. Ask the player to then tuck the chin towards his underarm.
  • In the figure below, the right side of the upper shoulder and neck is being stretched. Also, the player has his left arm raised overhead with his hand on the head.

Find zero tension

  • Have the player position himself in a zero tension position.

Figure 16a. The upper trap stretch.

Figure 16b. The upper trap stretch. Chin tucked in.

Find the first awareness

  • Find the first stretch in the upper trapezius.

Allow the loss of tension

  • Hold the position until the first awareness can no longer be felt.
  • Repeat the stretch a second time by tucking the chin closer to the underarm.