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Kettlebells & Shoulder Pain

author image Lora Mays
Lora Mays is a RRCA-certified running coach. She has been running for more than 15 years and coaching since 2010. She has published articles on Plum Deluxe and in "Variance Magazine," among other publications. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Arts in professional strategic communications from the University of Minnesota.
Kettlebells & Shoulder Pain
Kettlebells can build muscle strength, but they can be dangerous if you do not use proper form. Photo Credit Adam Gault/Digital Vision/Getty Images

Since the time of the ancient Greeks, kettlebells have been used to build total body strength. They can be used to rehabilitate and strengthen weak shoulder muscles. Without a focus on proper form, however, they also can cause injury. Knowing the right exercises can ensure that kettlebells are used to the fullest advantage.

Rehabilitating Shoulder Muscles

Kettlebells & Shoulder Pain
Rehabilitation takes time, so it's important to be patient during the process. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images

Rehabilitation programs focus on building strength while enabling mobility of the muscles. Focus is placed on quality movements rather than quantity. A lighter kettlebell will give you the opportunity to focus on form while repairing your muscles. The floor press and arm bar are two exercises that are recommended for shoulder rehabilitation.

Preventing Shoulder Pain

Kettlebells & Shoulder Pain
Before using kettlebells, warm up your muscles to prevent injury. Photo Credit Comstock/Stockbyte/Getty Images

When using kettlebells in your workout, improper form and overuse can cause shoulder pain and injury. Prevent this by warming up your muscles with dynamic stretches or a few minutes of light to moderate cardio before working out. While exercising, focus on form and build your weight tolerance up over a period of time.

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