First, we are not just a band company! Crossover Symmetry is a medically designed rotator cuff and scapular strengthening system engineered to enhance shoulder health and performance. Crossover Symmetry was founded in 2006 by a professional baseball player and a physical therapist with the goal to provide a practical, structured, and efficient shoulder strengthening system for athletes.
The programs were developed using the most current research and EMG data to identify the best exercises and techniques to train the scapular stabilizers and rotator cuff. We then choose the highest quality equipment to facilitate the programming in the most functional and efficient way possible.
Crossover Symmetry is currently headquartered in Arvada, Colorado, and provides gear to athletes, coaches, and therapists around the world. We are currently used by professional athletes in the MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL and over 75% of major NCAA Division I Universities. Crossover Symmetry is also used a principal training tool among the best CrossFit athletes and gyms in the world.
Crossover Symmetry has evolved into a system that helps athletes in nearly every sport as well as rehabbing patients, but the company’s roots stem directly from the baseball field. As an All-State player at Air Academy High School in Colorado Springs, Duggan Moran was named the Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph Player of the Year as a senior in 1997. A left-handed pitching ace, he averaged 2.1 strikeouts per inning as a senior while batting .524. Duggan earned all-region honors in 1998 at Trinidad State Junior College in Colorado and was offered a scholarship to play 1st base at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA.
After a successful career playing ball for the Huskies, Duggan stayed on as a graduate assistant coach. “At the end of that season, I wasn’t ready to give up on playing baseball,” Duggan says, “so I began training to make my dream of playing professional baseball a reality.”
Duggan hadn’t pitched consistently for four years, but at only 6 feet, he knew his best shot at a pro career was as a pitcher. “My velocity when I started was about 85 miles an hour,” he recalls. “That’s as hard as I could possibly throw. I went to my dad and said, ‘Help me design a shoulder program to help me increase my throwing velocity. I want to play professional baseball, but I need to get my fastball to the upper 80’s to even get an opportunity. ”
Duggan’s father, Jim Moran, a respected physical therapist with a specialty in the shoulder owned a large practice — Easton and Moran — in Bakersfield, California, prior to opening a chain of clinics in Colorado, PT Works. With Duggan’s baseball passion and Jim’s expertise in shoulder health, the father-son team set out to develop a revolutionary shoulder system. The seeds were planted for Crossover Symmetry.
Duggan followed an intense workout regimen that included strength training, long toss and the unique resistance cord exercises. After four months of training, Duggan hit 92 miles an hour on the radar gun and was drafted as the fourth pick in the first round by the Chillicothe Paints of the independent Frontier League. His pro dreams had become reality. “That was really the start of the company,” Duggan says. “I was a fully developed collegiate athlete who increased my velocity 6 mph in four months. My arm felt like a cannon and I knew there was nothing else like this”
Following Duggan’s pro pitching career, he began coaching collegiately which gave him a chance to incorporate some of the exercises with the players he was coaching. After two coaching stints at Belleview Community College and Washington State University, Duggan decided to put his full-time focus on developing Crossover Symmetry. “I knew our shoulder system could help other athletes the same way it helped me.” Duggan recalls.
“I knew there was a need for a program that was tailored for athletes seeking performance and at the same time protecting their shoulders from future injuries,” Duggan asserts. “Other programs that I saw were incorporating exercises that were designed for early rehab not sports performance. The exercises were determined solely by EMG studies for the activation of a single muscle and didn’t take into account sports specific movements where groups of muscles had to work together in sync. Other programs used cut-rate equipment that wouldn’t last a month. There was no structure to the exercises, like someone just picked them out of a hat. I knew we could offer athletes a better solution and so we did.”
In 2005, after two years of testing the system on the field with high school and collegiate baseball players and in Jim Moran’s Physical Therapy clinics, we decided it was time to professionalize the system and offer it to everyone. We began testing different resistance cord options. Evaluating the durability, length and resistance to effectively match a resistance to an athlete and the exercise they are performing. Duggan began meeting with a freelance graphic designer, who ended up becoming a long term employee, to design the exercise chart. “I knew the success of the system hinged on the quality of the technique being performed,” Duggan said. “The exercise chart was a must. During the two years of testing I would notice a big drop off in the quality of the exercise routine when I didn’t have an exercise sheet for the athletes. My dad had the same experienced in his clinic. Patients needed constant cueing as they would forget exercises, the order they should perform them or would use the wrong cord resistance.”
In 2006, after we nailed down the chart and the resistance cords, Crossover Symmetry was born. After piloting the system with the Colorado Rockies during the 2006 season, we were invited to speak at the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Symposium and the feedback was tremendously positive.
By the end of 2009 Crossover Symmetry was considered the “Gold Standard” for shoulder care in the baseball community and was widely being used in the rehab centers throughout the country. Over half of MLB organizations, several teams in the NFL, NBA and NHL, and about 70% of NCAA Division-1 teams were all using the Crossover Symmetry System with their athletes. It was around this time we began working on a new protocol the strengthening the scapular stabilizing muscles. We saw a need for an intense strengthening program that targeted the key scapular stabilizers, the foundation of the shoulder. We were seeing an alarming number of athletes and patients with scapular dyskinesis, which is the dysfunctional positioning and movement of the scapula (shoulder blade). By strengthening the stabilizing muscles that control the scapula, we knew athletes would see performance gains and significantly reduce the risk of injury. With continued refinement and testing, IRON SCAP was unveiled in 2011.
By 2012, word about the Crossover Symmetry and IRON SCAP systems had spread to athletes and coaches in numerous sports and walks of life.
In 2014, we launched our updated and enhanced Crossover Symmetry Gen-2 System as well as the H.I.I.T System (High Intensity Interval Training), which is tailored for functional fitness. These new systems are the culmination of over a decade of research and development. The systems meet the criteria of any Crossover Symmetry product: they are research supported, practical, structured and efficient. Put these criteria together and you have a system that will actually get used.
“By no means are our products completed. Every day we strive to improve. Every day we learn from researchers, coaches, trainers, athletes and patients to continue to improve our products and user experience.” Duggan declares. “We have some very exciting things in the pipeline and are excited about the future.”