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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press (March 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569757380
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569757383
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Karl Knopf is the coordinator for the fitness therapist program at Foothill College of California.

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Provides great pictures and tons of exercises clearly laid out.
J. Lyle Martin
The blurb on the front of the book indicates that it contains 100 exercises for the shoulder and rotator cuff.
G. Weis
The book is designed to help you build strength, improve flexibility, speed up recovery and prevent injury.
Susanna Hutcheson

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88 of 88 people found the following review helpful By T.S. on July 8, 2011
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A good book for anyone looking for shoulder exercises, it's divided up into three parts:

-Part One is "Getting Started" and discusses shoulder anatomy, a short discussion of common shoulder conditions, and ends with a few pages talking about shoulder rehab

-Part Two is "Prevention and Programs" and talks about good posture and goes over some exercises that might hurt your shoulder. It ends with shoulder programs for several sports and occupations such as hockey or construction jobs. These programs include stretching and strengthening exercises.

-Part Three "Shoulder Conditioning Exercises" contains tons of exercises which stretch and strengthen the shoulder. They are arranged in groups such as the floor series, the wall/door series, the cane series, etc. I found the pictures and explanations adequate.

While you'll find many exercises, this strength can also be a weakness as there are so many to choose from - it's hard to know which ones are the best for your shoulder. While each exercise is listed as having a particular goal (i.e. this stretch increases this motion), the sheer number of exercises may leave some readers a bit overwhelmed as to where to start, especially with 100 to choose from. If you're self-directed, and don't mind experimentation and trial and error, then this book is perfect. But, if you're looking for more of a set plan, I'd look at other shoulder books such as Bulletproof Your Shoulder that contain a specific, laid out program. Hope this helps!
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By G. Weis on February 25, 2010
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The blurb on the front of the book indicates that it contains 100 exercises for the shoulder and rotator cuff. In reality, the book is much more than just that. In a comprehensive, yet easy-to-read manner, the author explains a great deal about the workings of the shoulder, what can go wrong, what types of activities to avoid, and finally a number of good strengthening and stretching techniques for the rotator cuff. I learned more from reading this book than two months of physical therapy. Although I already knew what exercises to do for the rotator cuff, I was rather ignorant of what exercises and motions I needed to avoid. No wonder I keep having so many repeat problems!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Woodland Poppy on January 22, 2013
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To my untrained eye, the exercises and general information on the shoulder and shoulder injuries seems good, clear and concise. There was no information on a torn labrum (my condition), nor did the anatomical drawings even show that the labrum exists.

There are suggested sets of exercises for different sports and professions, which is very cool. I was happy to see the page dedicated to people who have a desk job. While each exercise is explained well with good pictures, for TREATING injuries there is no guidance for what exercises may be helpful. Overall, I would say this is a book for preventing, and NOT for treating a shoulder injury. If you have an injury you will need a doctor or PT person can tell you which exercises to do.
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Harry Dresden P.I. on March 17, 2010
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This book has it all. The only draw back is the photos are not as clear and they could be. Otherwise a good source for those after a shoulder injury or surgery recovery. A lot of exercises with a short techincal review of the shoulder. Would buy again
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Adil Shaaban on April 21, 2011
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While I am recuperating from a shoulder dislocation, I am changing my Gym work from weights to bands, which really do the job perfectly and more conveniently for my age @61yrs. My muscles are recuperating quite well under the supervision of my physiotherapist; the book is very thorough with alternatives for the same muscle/group, where you can chose the most appropriate for one's comfort. I do recommend this book for the serious sports engaged and specially for the novice, to safeguard one's articulation and enjoy his exercises properly. The book insists on the most important factor: Posture!
My physiotherapist overseas liked the book which I left to her, and I ordered another one. One needs it for constant review.
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95 of 137 people found the following review helpful By T on May 10, 2010
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This book is a very comprehensive look at a range of different exercises for the rotator cuff, as well as prevention programs aimed towards different activities, including baseball, basketball, football, golf, hockey, swimming, tennis, volleyball, wrestling, construction, and office/desk job. it has exercises that are passive (he calls them "gentle" but i'll get back to that), on the floor, on a roller, with a cane, on a wall/door, and then some with resistance (band/dumbbell)

However, despite the comprehensiveness of the book, he doesn't actually present a program for acute injury. There is one "rotator cuff routine" on page 18 that appears to be for more acute injuries since it is placed rather awkwardly in the section describing the different rotator cuff injuries that can occur. I was completely unable to do all but one of the exercises in this routine when i was first injured. It was very frustrating and I felt as though the title of the book (especially the "treating" part) was misleading.

Dissatisfied, I bought Jim Johnson's Treat Your Own Rotator Cuff, and I did just that - his 5 day a week routine (with number of seconds/number of sets very clearly described) helped me start making small strides towards mobility. Johnsons's book also has a very informative section describing the shoulder and what exactly is happening, as well as why it is useful to do the exercises at all. Now, 6 weeks later, I can finally start in on some of the more sport-specific routines in the Healthy Shoulder Handbook.

All that said, I think that this is a great book for *prevention*, and I will use it as my shoulder recovers to prevent future injury.
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