The Shoulder » Shoulder Shrugs
The shoulder shrug is an exercise used to develop the upper trapezius muscle.
Relevant Anatomy: Trapezius is a flat, triangular muscle that spreads over the back of the neck and upper thorax. The paired trapezius muscles form a diamond shape, from which the name trapezius is derived. On each side, the muscle is attached to the medial third of the superior nuchal line, external occipital protuberance, ligamentum nuchae, and apices of the spinous processes and their supraspinous ligaments from C7 to T12. The occipital attachment is by a fibrous lamina, which is also adherent to the skin. The spinal attachment is by a broad triangular aponeurosis from the sixth cervical to the third thoracic vertebrae, and by short tendinous fibres below this.
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