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Static Posture Assessment Screen of Athletes: Benefits and Considerations

Kritz, Matthew F MSc, CSCS1; Cronin, John PhD1,2

Strength & Conditioning Journal: October 2008 - Volume 30 - Issue 5 - pp 18-27
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e318187e241
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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.

1Institute of Sport & Recreation Research New Zealand, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand; 2Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia

Matt Kritz is currently pursuing a PhD in sports science at the Institute of Sport & Recreation Research New Zealand, Auckland University of Technology and is a strength and conditioning coach for the New Zealand Academy of Sport.

John Cronin is an Associate Professor at Auckland University of Technology.

© 2008 National Strength and Conditioning Association