Scapular Pro/Retraction with
the Exercise Ball

Starting Position
  • Start this exercise ball exercise by kneeling in front of the ball.
  •  Put your hand on the ball face down such that your shoulder and hand are roughly at the same level.
  • You may need to place the ball on a stool or table to achieve this.
  • Pull your chest up and centre your head over your shoulders (not poking forward)
  • While keeping your arm straight pull your shoulder blade back and down.
  • Then without moving your trunk, push the ball forward.
  • You should feel your shoulder blade move forward on your rib cage.
  • Maintain a downward pressure on the ball at all times.
Prime Movers
  • Serratus anterior, scapular retractors
Physio Tips
  • This is a small movement.
  • There should be no trunk flexion or rotation and no elbow bending.
  • Part of what this exercise should do is help you become aware of your posture.
  • This exercise helps improve shoulder range of motion, stability, and posture.
This is a good exercise if you are just beginning a scapular stabilization program. Poor scapular mechanics often contribute to shoulder pain. use this exercise to become aware of where your shoulder blade sits on your body.

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1ballsRepeat this ball exercise 10 times.

2ballsRepeat this ball exercise 20 times.

3ballsRepeat this ball exercise 30 times.

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