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A review of resistance exercise and posture realignment

Hrysomallis, Con and Goodman, Craig (2001) A review of resistance exercise and posture realignment. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 15 (3). pp. 385-390. ISSN 1064-8011

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Abstract

Exercise has been promoted in an attempt to correct postural deviations, such as excessive lumbar lordosis, scoliosis, kyphosis, and abducted scapulae. One of the assumed causes of these conditions is a weak and lengthened agonist muscle group combined with a strong and tight antagonist muscle group. Strengthening and stretching exercises have been prescribed accordingly. It is implied that strenghthening exercises will encourage adaptive shortening of the muscle-tendon length, reposition skeletal segments, and produce static posture realignment. A review of the literature has found a lack of reliable, valid data collected in controlled settings to support the contention that exercise will correct existing postural deviations. Likewise, objective data to indicate that exercise will lead to postural deviations are lacking. It is likely that exercise programs are of insufficient duration and frequency to induce adaptive changes in muscle-tendon length. Additionally, any adaptations from restricted range-of-movement exercise would likely be offset by daily living activities that frequently require the body segments to go through full ranges of motion.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: strength, adaptive muscle shortening
Subjects: RFCD Classification > 320000 Medical and Health Sciences
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Sport and Exercise Science
Depositing User: Ms Phung T Tran
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2009 17:52
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2012 01:46
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/1751
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