Good Posture Is The State Of Muscular And Skeletal Balance

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If asked to demonstrate poor posture, many people will slouch over and become hunched. If asked to demonstrate proper posture many people will stand up tall, shoulders back and chin up. However, this conceived idea of posture is only one aspect of the whole picture. “Good posture is the state of muscular and skeletal balance which protects the supporting structures of the body against injury or progressive deformity irrespective of the attitude in which these structures are working or resting. Under such conditions, the muscles function most efficiently, and the optimum positions are afforded for the thoracic and abdominal organs.” (Posture Committee of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Evanston, IL AAOS; 1987:1947:1) In combination with training and nutrition, proper posture is very important to help achieve peak athletic performance as an athlete is sure to fail without proper form and technique. Poor posture can be detrimental for an athlete and can greatly impact their performance as it has an established effect on your heart and other organs as well as causing muscle and joint damage, negatively affecting one’s life. For an athlete trying to improve in their sport, or someone trying to better their lifestyle, correcting posture is a good place to start. It is important to understand the relevance of good postural alignment and it’s benefits, how poor postural alignment comes about and how it impacts sport, and how an athlete can train to improve or correct
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