rotator cuff


Definition of rotator cuff

: a supporting and strengthening structure of the shoulder joint that is made up of the capsule of the shoulder joint blended with tendons and muscles as they pass to the capsule or across it to insert on the head of the humerus

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However, a rotator cuff injury his junior year interrupted that, preventing him from competing at the section championships. San Diego Union-Tribune, "U-T All-Academic Team Captains for spring sports," 12 June 2019 He was shut down before his first spring training start with inflammation in his right rotator cuff. Kristie Ackert,, "Second Dallas Keuchel bidding war begins today; Yankees need him more than most," 3 June 2019 Sports that require overhead motions, like swimming and tennis, are tough on rotator cuffs, too. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "2 Simple Shoulder Exercises Anyone Who Works Out Should Be Doing," 22 July 2018 And your shoulders specifically may benefit immensely from rotator cuff exercises, which strengthen and stabilize the small muscles that help keep the ball-and-socket joint in place. Amy Marturana, SELF, "12 Stretches to Relieve Tight Shoulders," 2 Nov. 2018 The outlet further reported that Jordan suffered from tendinitis in both achilles, thin cartilage in his ankles, and rotator cuff issues in his right shoulder. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Dancing With the Stars Juniors' Host Jordan Fisher Had a Tough Time on 'DWTS'," 2 Oct. 2018 The airline figured out that ramp workers’ habit of using the same arm to move bags on and off the aircraft put them at risk of rotator cuff injuries requiring surgery. Lauren Zumbach,, "From birthday wishes for passengers to tracking baggage handler injuries, airlines tap big data to try to improve operations," 12 July 2018 Millions of people visit the doctor each year for shoulder pain, and more than half are for rotator cuff problems. Trihealth,, "Don’t shoulder the pain," 10 July 2018 Right-hander Zach Davies, expected to be one of the top starters in the rotation after winning 17 games last season, is in his second stint on the DL with rotator cuff inflammation and now is battling a lower back issue as well. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Haudricourt: Brewers' depth has been huge in overcoming series of injuries this season," 6 July 2018

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1944, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of rotator cuff

chiefly US, medical : a group of muscles and tendons that are around your shoulder and that allow it to move in all directions

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Medical Definition of rotator cuff

: a supporting and strengthening structure of the shoulder joint that is made up of part of its capsule blended with tendons of the subscapularis, infraspinatus, supraspinatus, and teres minor muscles as they pass to the capsule or across it to insert on the humerus

called also musculotendinous cuff

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