The Low Trap Stability Ball Exercise is an exercise that works on both strength and balance of the scapulae. This exercise strengthens the lower trapezius and other scapula depressors. Additionally, it challenges the individual’s motor control. As we know, the evidence has shown how important the scapula is in rehabilitation. By challenging the scapula stabilizers and strengthening the commonly weak scapula depressors, clinicians can use this exercise to progress the patient’s rehabilitation program.
Sit on the end of a bench. Place two stability balls of equal height directly behind the bench. With your back facing the stability balls, place each hand on a stability ball. Keeping an upright position, press into the balls with each hand by depressing your shoulders/scapulae. Hold the contracted position for a count of 7-10 seconds. When coaching this exercise make sure to look for substitutions of hyperextension at the low back or substitution of the triceps.