We know that tension comes from areas of our body that are ‘over-active’, but where do we develop the patterns that dictate which areas get over-used? The most common dysfunctions of pain, injury, or tension can all be traced to the bad movement behaviors we develop during infancy and as children like excessive sitting and forward head posture.
Our kids are spending so much time sitting in a chair, being crunched over at their desks that it’s causing some seriously tight hips, shoulders, and ankles. They now have to make up for that lack of movement with other areas of the body like the lower back and knees. We see so many of the same patterns causing lower back and knee over-use because we all share the same habits of sitting. Practice makes permanent!
ACL injuries rising among youth . Especially in girls.
– American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 2015 National Conference. Presented October 24, 2015.
Kids run around. If it’s not in P.E it’s everywhere else. If we don’t establish some key fundamentals of movement first, we are just playing the lottery, hoping that our kids will somehow pick up good movement despite being set up so poorly from the beginning. It’s becoming more and more rare for a kid to actually come out with everything they need to live pain free because they have developed such poor positions to enter the tunnel with.
This brings us to our defining concept:
FIRST MOVE WELL, THEN MOVE OFTEN
– Gray Cook, MSPT, OCS, CSCS
For more information on posture and positions among youth please visit: Stand up kids