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Development of a Short and Effective Shoulder External Rotation Strength Program in Handball: A Delphi Study

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Project status: Ongoing
Project manager: Hilde Fredriksen
Supervisor(s): Grethe Myklebust, Ann Cools

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Background: Weakness of the shoulder external rotators is considered one of the main risk factors for shoulder pain in handball. Short, efficient shoulder external rotation strength programs the players will adhere to are lacking.

Aim: to develop a short and effective program to target shoulder external rotation strength, with high likelihood of adherence among handball players.

Methods: We conducted a three-round, modified Delphi study, including experts in the field of shoulder, strength and handball. In the first round, they were asked to rate eight pre-defined shoulder external rotation on efficacy and adherence. They were also asked to suggest other preferred exercises. In the second round, the experts were asked to rate the new exercises from round one. In round three, they received a statistical summary of the panels scores, their own score and a summary of the suggestions with comments. Based on the provided feedback, the experts were asked to revise their response.