Box 1

Typical loaded exercise progression
1
    . Week 0
: Baseline assessment:
   ·Resisted isometric (no movement) shoulder abduction (taking the arm out to the side) against a wall, or
   ·Resisted shoulder abduction from 0 to 30° using moderate resistance from Theraband (resistive band used for training purposes).
2.
    Week 3
: Initial follow-up:
   ·Resisted shoulder abduction from 80 to 120° using light weight, e.g. tin of food.
3.
    Week 6
: Second follow-up:
   ·Resisted shoulder abduction from 80 to 120° with progressively increasing repetition and weight, e.g. heavy Theraband or dumbbell.
4.
    Week 12
: Final follow-up/discharge.

Littlewood et al.

Littlewood et al. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2012 13:62   doi:10.1186/1471-2474-13-62

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