Major or Minor Muscles?

When beginning a strength training plan-most athletes focus on the major muscle groups; i.e. the gluteus maximus, hamstrings, pectoralis major, quadriceps, and latissimus dorsi. According to Dr. Yessis Sports Training Blog-it is equally important not to forget the small, forgettable minor muscles. Dr. Yessis describes that it is easier than you think to develop those minor muscles by incorporating exercises into the gym or even leisurely at home without taking up extra time. The development of some of the smaller muscles can also help prevent injury. For example, many shoulder problems are due to weak rotator cuff muscles. Such muscles are not developed in typical bodybuilding or conditioning exercises. Shoulder muscles must also be very strong for tennis, swimming, volleyball and golf.  Yessis says, "Unfortunately, the rotator cuff muscles are relatively small and situated deep inside the shoulder making it difficult to observe their development." Wrist ailments and carpal tunnel are often caused by weak forearm and finger muscles. Yessis says, "Carpal tunnel syndrome is an increasingly common injury in continuous weight training, in some forms of aerobic training and in repetitive motion jobs. This appears to be the disease of the new century. It is hitting not only athletes, but word processors, dental hygienists, assembly line workers, grocery store checkers, butchers, carpenters and people in many other occupations." Incorporating exercises into daily routine or training plan is important for everyone and of course to, as Yessis says, "Keep in mind that most injuries occur to the weakest muscles, usually the small and relatively insignificant ones.   All involved muscles are important and can be developed in different exercises." To find exercises specific for developing the minor muscles in your body check out the rest of Dr. Yessis's blog article. We here at KT Tape appreciate the kinesiology of the human body and how all the small parts are connected together to produce the complex matrix of muscles, tendons and joints giving us the remarkable ability to be active. So, join us in remembering the minor muscles as they support and carry the major muscles through to the end of the next race, event or competition.