When Mohamed Salah ripped off his shirt this Saturday to celebrate Liverpool’s second goal against Crystal Palace, he revealed a muscle on his upper body that we hadn’t even heard of before.
The wing-like muscles that extruded around the side of his ribcage as he lifted the shirt were the serratus anterior—a muscle that originates on the surface of the first to eighth ribs at the side of the chest, and inserts along the entire anterior length of the medial border of the scapula.
What all of that means, is that he's in exceptional nick. Phenomenal nick. Sometimes referred to as the “big swing muscle” or “boxer’s muscle” because of how it pulls the scapula forward and around the rib cage when someone throws a punch, Salah is likely to have worked hard on it because of the significance of his shoulder injuries over the last few years.
And there goes the bell for the end of today’s science lesson. Go and enjoy your lunch. No running in the corridors, please.
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