THE BREAKER’S SHOULDER
A lot of bboys and bgirls have problems with their shoulder when they go down to the floor in breaking. The shoulder is a joint that is mostly held up by muscles. Because of this, the proper physical preparation of the shoulder muscles is essential for having a professional breaking career.
I) INJURY PREVENTION
HOW CAN I DANCE WITHOUT GETTING INJURED?
It is very important to prepare your shoulder to handle the high impact moves in breaking. Because the shoulder joint itself has poor stability and is held up mostly by muscles, it is essential to warm up properly before training. It is equally important to stretch and cool down after training and to train the muscles and the proprioception of the shoulder separately apart from the breaking training. A good training of the proprioception includes doing a handstand or balancing on one hand.
One of the most important muscles concerning the shoulder joint is the serratus muscle. The serratus muscle has its origin on the surface of the first to the eight rib at the side of the chest and inserts along the entire anterior length of the medial border of the blade bone. If the serratus muscle contracts the blade bone lays flat on the ribs.
In the video THE BREAKER’S SHOULDER you can see some exercises to strengthen your serratus muscle and to prevent shoulder injuries.
Check out the video and you are going to learn:
- How to improve the stability and perception of the shoulder joint
- How to strengthen shoulder muscles, especially the important serratus muscle
- How to stretch shoulder muscles safely and effectively
II) CAUSE OF INJURY
WHY DO I GET INJURED SO OFTEN?
Most injuries of bboys and bgirls are due to the high impact onto the shoulder while in poor stability positions. For Breaking moves, where the shoulder is in an end of range position, the shoulder joint needs a lot of stability. In powermoves like airflair or ellbowtracks, freezes like bridge, hollow back or airchair and jumps onto the shoulder, the shoulder joint has to handle different tasks at the same time: it has to stabilise, strengthen and absorb the high impact.
Another reason for shoulder pain in breakers is poor stability and a movement of the blade bone, the scapula, that is not physiologic. A bboy or bgirl needs to have good control of and high stability in his or her shoulder blade to master the specific movements in breaking. This control is needed especially in most of footworks, in powermoves such as swipes and flairs and freezes such as airfreezes where the whole body weight is put onto the shoulders.
III) PHYSIOTHERAPEUTIC ADVICE
My advice as a physiotherapist is to train with your brain. Try doing the moves in such a way that is the best for your body.
Analyse yourself more. If you want to do a new move, try to figure out the best way for it to adapt to your body conditions and body constitutions.
Apart from your breaking training, you should also include a separate muscle and proprioception training.
SOPHIE MANUELA LINDNER
- Bgirl since 2007
Hip Hop since 2001
Contemporary since 1999
Classical ballet since 1999
- Sports physiotherapist BSc MA
- Founder & Manager of Urban Dance Health
- Associate Researcher CIT Research Institute
- Representing M.O.T. Crew from Salzburg/Austria
and Skill Sisters Crew from Stuttgart/Germany
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Sophie Manuela ‚Sophiela‘ Lindner is a sports physiotherapist and Bgirl. Since 2007 she is active in the Breaking scene. With her bgirl crew Skill Sisters she represented Germany at the international Bgirl Battle at Battle of the Year 2015.
In order to share dance-medical knowledge to urban dancers, Sophie established ‚Urban Dance Health‘ in 2012. As a physiotherapist specializing on dancers, Sophie regularly gives Health Workshops, Health Check-Ups and Health care for professional urban dancers, including the Red Bull BC One All Stars and the Red Bull Flying Illusion Company.
Today she is working as a physiotherapist at the Haid Gesundheitswerkstatt, a clinic specialized on myoreflextherapy, dancers, musicians and chronic pain outpatients, and as an associate researcher at the CIT Research Institute in Stuttgart.
Get Sophie’s full CV here.