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Shoulder Strength


Shoulder strength is important for activities which require arm/hand movements such as cutting, climbing, colouring, throwing and handwriting. Controlled arm actions are only possible when the core muscles work together to provide a strong and stabilized foundation.

Signs of shoulder weakness:

  1. Tiring easily or wanting to avoid completing fine motor activities
  2. Tiring easily or wanting to avoid playing ball games and P.E activities
  3. Giving up easily or avoiding completing colouring or written work

Shoulder strengthening activities to try at home!


Other activities that can help include:

  1. Climbing frames
  2. Monkey bars
  3. Climbing a slide
  4. Cycling
  5. Dancing
  6. Playing tennis
Simple exercises to strengthen the shoulders are displayed below!