Yes, the lower body and core are essential to focus on for distance athletes. But, this doesn’t mean the upper body can be neglected.
Taking a postural approach with the upper body will create lasting results for distance athletes. That’s because better posture and positioning can have a big impact on performance and function of the body.
Poor posture, with forward rounded shoulders, tight thoracic spine, and lack of upper back strength, creates a position where breathing becomes restricted, arm swing can be limited, and performance suffers. This is especially true for those of you who sit at a desk throughout the day. Therefore, adding just a few basic upper body strategies to your daily routine can go a long way.
In the following video, we will cover:
- Why the thoracic spine matters for optimal posture and how to reduce hyper-kyphosis
- How to improve flexibility of the shoulders to restore good posture
- Why increasing upper back strength is the final nail to solidify improvements in posture
By: Garrett McLaughlin, MS, ATC, CSCS, ART