Static Posture Assessment Screen of Athletes: Benefits and Considerations

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Abstract

SUMMARY

THERE IS AN EMERGING TREND WITHIN THE STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROFESSION TO IDENTIFY AND CORRECT THE FAULTY MOVEMENT PATTERNS OF ATHLETES BEFORE ANY SUBSTANTIAL STRENGTHENING OF MUSCLE IS UNDERTAKEN. STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROFESSIONALS IN SOME CASES FAIL TO RECOGNIZE THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN STATIC POSTURE AND DYNAMIC MOVEMENT ABILITY. THIS REVIEW WILL INFORM THE READER OF THE PROGNOSTIC VALUE OF SCREENING STATIC POSTURE BEFORE ASSESSING AN ATHLETE'S MOVEMENT ABILITY. THE CHARACTERISTICS OF OPTIMAL STANDING POSTURE ARE REVIEWED WITH SUPPORTING BIOMECHANICAL RATIONALE. SPORT-SPECIFIC POPULATIONS ARE REVIEWED, AND THE BENEFITS AND CONSEQUENCES OF “SPORT-SPECIFIC POSTURES” ARE DISCUSSED.

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