Teenagers, Why Are They Only Playing One Sport? Is This A Good Thing?

Teenagers, Why Are They Only Playing One Sport? Is This A Good Thing?

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.

4 Exercises To Improve Upper/Mid Back (Thoracic) Posture & Movement

4 Exercises To Improve Upper/Mid Back (Thoracic) Posture & Movement

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW…

  1. 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)
     
  2. Poor thoracic posture and position can potentially cause / lead to various upper body musculoskeletal issues. 
     
  3. 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.
     
  4. You can do a basic assessment to get an idea if you need more mobility in your thoracic spine
     
  5. While there are many exercises, the 4 in this blog post have worked well for me in the clinic.

Sleeping positions to help you get a better night's rest

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. 

To download a PDF copy of this document, click here.

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