Keep in mind strengthening your upper body and improving your flexibility can reduce the risk of shoulder injuries. The stronger and more flexible your joints, the more easily they are able to withstand impact or hold up under repetitive motions. After completing physical therapy, ask your provider or physical therapist about a specific strength and flexibility program that you can do on your own.
Good cardiovascular conditioning also helps prevent injuries that occur as a result of fatigue. Using proper body mechanics is also essential, which is why you may be taught proprioception exercises during your therapy. These exercises are designed to improve your awareness of the position, location, orientation and movement of your shoulder.
You don't need to become an expert in physical therapy to avoid future shoulder injuries, but you may need to learn some new habits or modify your physical activity. This applies to both your work habits and recreational activities.
The key to prevention is common sense. Listen to your body, and don’t push yourself beyond safe limits. If an activity causes discomfort in your shoulder, don’t do it. With proper strengthening and conditioning, you should be able to return to most of your previous activities in time.