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Getting To Know The Lats!

THE LATS - also known as latissimus dorsi - is the largest muscle in the upper body.

FUNCTION - extension, adduction, transverse extension/horizontal abduction, flexion from an extended position, and (medial) internal rotation of the shoulder joint.


INJURY - due to the size of this muscle and itโ€™s central location, injury to the lats can be incredibly debilitating. Overuse of this muscle can cause tears and chronic tension. Exercises that may lead to injuries can include: playing golf ๐ŸŒ๏ธโ€โ™‚๏ธ , pull ups ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ, lat pull downs ๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ, swimming ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ, overhead repetitions or tennis ๐ŸŽพ. REFERRAL PAIN - Once aggravated, the latissimus dorsi muscle is often the source of chronic shoulder and neck pain, and it can cause tendonitis of the shoulder joint. โ€ผ๏ธTherefore, maintaining length in this muscle by stretching is therefore imperative if you regularly use this muscle in sport or exercise. โœ…






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