shoulder degeneration

4 days 15 hours ago #30762 by love
i wonder if one of those shoulder straps that one can wear would reduce shoulder issues. the strap wraps around both shoulders and around the back.....you know how canoe paddlers have kind of a permanent hunch back? well, i think the strap would pull ones shoulders back whilst paddlng?

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2 days 21 hours ago #30765 by LakeMan
I wear a shoulder harness but not while I'm paddling. It's too restrictive. What works best for me (since I've always been susceptible to rotator cuff problems) is to work hard at the gym on my shoulders. I stay away from real heavy weights and lean towards high reps. Doing nothing and than paddling doesn't work for me.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

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2 days 17 hours ago #30766 by love
Ive been looking on amazon their are straps called posture correcter . Have you seen how a person that is heavily into canoeing for instance has rounded shoulders......i think their must be a posture corrector that would be tolerable whilst paddling. i will wear a rash shirt underneath.

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2 days 58 minutes ago - 2 days 54 minutes ago #30772 by rickbinbc
Ultimately you will want to learn how to "set your shoulder blades" to avoid shoulder issues. Sometimes it is called "putting your shoulder blades in your back pockets" - meaning that you actively use your back muscles to pull the shoulders back and down. This is tiring until your muscles get conditioned.

You might be interested in the Intelliskin lineup. I have worn one of their original shirts for years while paddling. I find it really helps and, as you can see on the website, the designer was a surfer so the shirts act as a rash guard to boot.

Oh - and I have found that my problem is actually tight hamstrings which make me cheat and round my back to get more reach.

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