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3 Shoulder Exercises That Can Prevent Injury: The Quick Fix

06/13/2017 11:51 EDT | Updated 07/14/2017 13:38 EDT

Broad shoulders don't just make you look more confident, they're also a symbol of strength and a sign of good health.

In this week's episode of The Quick Fix, physiotherapist Jason Shane demonstrates three easy shoulder exercises that can prevent injuries.

The shoulder joint is one of the most vulnerable parts of the body so building its strength is crucial to reducing your odds of injury.

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Shoulder and upper arm strains and sprains were responsible for sending 7.5 million people to the doctor in 2006 and 4.1 million cases were determined to be rotator cuff issues, The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reports.

A rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons surrounding the shoulder joint. They keep your upper arm bone within the shoulder socket. A torn rotator cuff can weaken your shoulder and make daily activities more difficult. Over time, an injured rotator cuff can worsen and tears can get larger. For the most part, people with rotator cuff tears and injuries can recover without surgery, however, if symptoms do not improve within 6 to 12 months surgery may be required.

The exercises in the video above are great for prevention, but if you already have an injured shoulder or rotator cuff, you should consult a doctor or physiotherapist before trying these moves.

Watch the video above for more tips on preventing shoulder injuries.

In The Quick Fix series, we look to fitness and well-being experts for three exercises to relieve common pains and ailments. What condition would you like to see us tackle next? Shoot us an email at CanadaLiving@huffingtonpost.com or let us know in the comments below.

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