The Shoulder in Hanging and Handstand – Madison, WA – Madison Circus Space – March 2024

Posted on January 2, 2024

Shoulder pain is one of the most common complaints for all circus artists. From minor niggles to major injuries, we will discuss the main reasons they happen. We’ll start by discussing the basics of how shoulders work to provide us with maximum mobility while still protecting the joint. Then we’ll figure out the common way things can go wrong and how to prevent them.

As circus artists, we spend a lot of time with our arms over our heads. This simple movement can be one of the most challenging for our bodies when we add resistance in hanging or pushing the floor away in handstanding.

Join Dr Emily Scherb to talk about how our shoulders are the most mobile joint in our bodies and our greatest circus tools. This course will help increase our understanding about this joint that is the most likely for circus artists to injure.

This class focuses on the shoulder: the bio-mechanics of how it works and how to use it safely through its full range of motion. Learn the best techniques for hanging in bent and straight arm position, balance and control in handstands and the secrets of one-arm skills.

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