In an effort to achieve elite sporting status, children and adolescents are focusing on one sport earlier in their careers, often to the detriment of their bodies. Early specialisation of sport is a topic of conversation gaining a lot of traction across the country. ‘Specialisation’ occurs when an athlete focuses on only one sport, at the exclusion of any other. A few weeks ago, I attended the Adolescent Athletes Symposium held by Sports Medicine Australia in Geelong. Geraldine Naughton a professor in Paediatric Science highlighted the increase in early specialisation and presented some of the most recent research in this area.
We are always told to minimise the number of foods we eat that come from a packet. But, is it absolutely all bad?
Good quality packaged foods are important pantry staples that form the base of many healthy, convenient meals. The key is just to know what you are looking for, and to be savvy with label reading.
HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW…
- While some people do present with a thoracic spine (upper/mid back) that is extended (flat/over-arched), most people present to the clinic with too much thoracic flexion (pronounced upper back)
- Poor thoracic posture and position can potentially cause / lead to various upper body musculoskeletal issues.
- Poor thoracic posture typically decreases performance in overhead positions and movements (i.e chin-ups, overhead press) and many sports (golf/tennis, just to name a few) due to a lack of range of motion in the area and compensations in other areas.
- You can do a basic assessment to get an idea if you need more mobility in your thoracic spine
- While there are many exercises, the 4 in this blog post have worked well for me in the clinic.
According to the Sleep Health Foundation, lack of sleep is associated with mental illness, road deaths, and reduced productivity costing an estimated $5 billion the Australian economy each year. With such huge costs, both physical and economic, it is imperative that we get a good nights sleep.
The table below outlines the best sleeping positions for people with certain conditions, and also provides some handy tips for improving your sleeping posture.
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