Numerous medical studies have found that exercise is critical for health maintenance throughout a person’s life and increases mobility, strengthens cardiovascular function and improves mental function. However, as people age, minor injuries sustained during exercise can take longer to heal and can affect everyday function. Seniors should follow a few tips to get the most out of their workouts without doing damage:
Rotator Cuff Injury
Disabling shoulder injuries generally involve rotator cuff damage. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint, hold the arm in the joint and allow full movement of the arm. Repetitive movements can cause injury to these muscles and tendons, causing a dull ache or inability to fully rotate the arm in the socket.
Seniors should always do stretching and warm-up exercises before engaging in weight training, rowing movements or arm exercise movements to warm up shoulder muscles to prevent injury.