Athletes train diligently and persistently for years to become masters in their sports, and they also train methodically for years to build their bodies into sports performance machines.
What if I told you that athletes, despite all their conditioning efforts week in and week out, year in and year out, could do so much better when it comes to getting their bodies primed for peak sports performance?
Through embracing a posture exercises practice, all athletes—from baseball, basketball, football, hockey and soccer players to golf, tennis and volleyball players plus runners—would benefit in the way they stand, walk, run, jump and otherwise move their bodies.
Some athletes, including mixed martial artist Conor McGregor and the San Francisco 49ers, have incorporated posture exercises into their training regimens at some point in time and might very well still rely on these ultra-effective exercises to perform better in training and competition.
Let’s examine why athletes love posture exercises such as the ones in the Posture Exercises Method for peak sports performance. Along the way, you’ll also discover how posture exercises can even extend careers and turn some athletes into bona fide legends.
With a Posture Exercises Practice, Athletes’ Bodies Are Tuned for Peak Sports Performance
The human body is designed for its eight load-bearing joints—the shoulders, hips, knees and ankles—to be stacked vertically and horizontally. When the body’s major joints are stacked in this way, posture tends to be straight as an arrow.
And when the major joints and posture are correctly aligned, you have a body that is tuned to achieve peak sports performance, as shown by Roger Posture in the illustration below.
I have been immersed in posture exercises since spring 2010 and, since summer 2016, have been looking closely at my Posture Exercises Method clients as well as people I encounter in person and in photographs and videos.
You might be amazed to learn what I can tell about bodies based on how people stand. Even professional athletes—including the most-decorated Olympian of all time and a top-five NBA legend—suffer from musculoskeletal dysfunction.
When athletes are affected by musculoskeletal dysfunction, it is simply impossible for them to compete at the highest level of sports performance. These athletes are even at risk of getting injured, recovering slowly from injuries and shortening their careers.
Allow me to shine a light on posture deviations affecting these household-name athletes before fully explaining how a posture exercises practice can put athletes’ bodies in the right position to achieve the highest sports performance possible.
Michael Phelps is the top swimmer and Olympian in history, holding numerous records. In the photograph below, notice how Michael Phelps’ legs turn outward, with his toes shooting off at 11 and 2 o’clock. Additionally, his feet are set very far apart, contributing to instability in his upper body. In the Roger Posture illustration, you can see that the legs are positioned with the knees and toes pointed at 12 o’clock. Because Michael Phelps’ upper body is turned, it is not worth exploring other posture deviations, as they might amount to purely speculation.
Next, let’s turn our attention to LeBron James, a basketball superstar whose name is often dropped into conversations about elite NBA players such as Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul–Jabbar, Bill Russell and Magic Johnson. LeBron James is so good he once played in eight consecutive NBA Finals. His dominance in the league could’ve been even grander, all these years, had he suited up to play in a body exhibiting sound joint alignment and posture.
LeBron James presents, in the photograph below, with a very wide stance and everted feet, making it impossible for him to run the floor at his maximum capable speed. He’s even at risk of injuries such as knee injuries, ankle injuries and ACL tears because of the position of his body. LeBron James is a lot of things in NBA history, but make no mistake that this player has been sidelined because of injuries throughout his longtime career. In fact, he’s played a full 82-game season only once in a 19-year career.
In this photograph, because LeBron James’ shorts hang low and lighting is dark, it is difficult to see clearly the position of his legs. I would wager, however, that his femurs, knees and tibias are all turned outward. When you stop to think about it, isn’t it impossible for the body to move at the highest level of speed and efficiency if the legs are not congruent with the human body’s design? Also, examine LeBron James’ rotated torso, depressed and rounded right shoulder and angled neck and head.
Two titans of sports, Michael Phelps and LeBron James, are celebrated for their masterful levels of sports performance. I can only imagine what these gifted and hardworking athletes could’ve achieved had they brought truly aligned bodies—with shoulders, hips, knees and ankles stacking vertically and horizontally—into the pool and onto the court their entire careers.
If celebrated athletes Michael Phelps’ and Lebron James’ bodies are beset with musculoskeletal dysfunction, what, then, does the average athlete—let alone average person—look like?
The average athlete and average person is misaligned.
Knowing what I do about major-joint alignment and posture and understanding that challenges with the pelvis and hips run so deep, I am inclined to say practically everyone alive faces some degree of misalignment in their bodies, leading to injuries, compensation, limitation, functional loss and chronic pain.
If you are an athlete of any kind—whether a high school athlete, amateur athlete, minor-league athlete, major-league athlete or world-class athlete in individual or team competition—and you want to experience the best in sports performance out of your body, your body needs to be lined up as it was originally designed, as Roger Posture demonstrates.
The ticket to getting the best body for sports competition is a posture exercises practice. Special kinds of posture exercises such as the kinds in the Posture Exercises Method have been crafted to roll back misalignment in the body and promote correct posture.
The result is a body that can stand, jog, run, jump, skate, swim and all the rest better than ever!
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With a Posture Exercises Practice, Athletes’ Bodies Are in Better Position to Prevent Injuries
When it comes to excelling in sports performance, athletes are only as good as what they can produce during competition in terms of victories and quantifiable measures such as statistics. Therefore, remaining healthy and able to don the jersey and get onto the court, ice or field is critical.
If you’ve played or followed sports for some time, it’s no secret that athletes take tumbles all the time and are sidelined by numerous injuries, from sprained shoulders, elbows, knees and ankles to rotator cuff tears and ACL tears. The National High School Sports-Related Injury Surveillance Study magnifies the eye-opening extent to which injuries during competition as well as practice happen.
Some of these injuries are a result of direct contact with other competitors, and some others stem from purely dysfunctional bodies that cannot move properly because of joint misalignment and suboptimal posture.
Why is this happening?
As explained in the examples spotlighting Michael Phelps and LeBron James, even next-level athletes have bodies that don’t line up as nature designed. These athletes have enjoyed extraordinary access to top-flight trainers and training regimens, and, still, their bodies, although remarkably strong, aren’t lining up for maximum sports performance.
For most people, misalignment in the body originates in the pelvis and/or hip joints, leading to turned femurs. From there, the position of the knees and feet fall out of their natural place, and then the upper body compensates in numerous ways to keep them standing and moving without collapsing. For many, shoulders rotate and become unbalanced, mirroring unbalanced hip joints. For many, the neck and head jut forward, and the back either slumps forward or sways too far backward. Moreover, for many, trunk rotation manifests, with one side of the body swung forward of the other side. This trunk rotation is especially an issue with athletes, who favor one side of their bodies much more than the average person.
Picture how baseball pitchers or football quarterbacks use their bodies, relying on one arm for the throwing motion with the opposite leg planted in front of this arm. Athletes who call on their bodies for sports performance thousands upon thousands of times in these unnatural ways will simply wind up with unnatural bodies, with joint misalignment rampant and posture suffering.
Athletes wanting not just peak sports performance but injury prevention, keeping them in the thick of the championship and medal chases, would tremendously benefit from embracing a daily Posture Exercises Method practice.
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With a Posture Exercises Practice, Athletes’ Bodies Can Recover From Injuries Faster
When athletes are sidelined by injuries, they eventually resume most to all of the same kinds of training regimens after some initial traditional physical therapy work. Many of these athletes are soon back in action with the same kind of bodies—the same kind of misalignment in their shoulders, hips, knees and ankles along with poor posture—that led them to the injury reserve list in the first place.
Some athletes go under the knife and wind up dealing with bodies affected by surgical trauma through craniosacral fascial strain and, perhaps, foreign objects such as screws holding body parts together. The result is, the body isn’t whole, or complete, as nature intended. The body is compromised, and sports performance very likely will be compromised as well.
In all these cases, the body has a timetable for healing, and most owners and managers would always want their players back in action as quickly as possible.
What if there were a better way?
What if athletes’ bodies exhibited sound joint alignment and posture in the first place? What if not only were athletes’ bodies in better position to achieve top-level sports performance and in better position to prevent injuries from occurring at all but that, if ever injured, athletes could bounce back from injuries such as sprains and even ACL tears much more quickly than they do today?
A daily Posture Exercises Method practice is the path to excellence for athletes to enjoy peak sports performance and bodies that are less likely to be injured as well as recover more quickly in cases of injury. Only one perfect design for the human body exists and, if honored by working to reorient joint alignment and posture to their natural design, athletes can deliver their absolute best in terms of sports performance.
Why the Posture Exercises Method Can Help Athletes Achieve Peak Sports Performance and Extend Their Careers
The Posture Exercises Method is rooted in lessons from a postural-alignment institute and cutting-edge independent posture specialists but shaped and polished with unique thinking by creator Brian Rossiter to give clients of all abilities—including all kinds of athletes—the best experience with posture correction exercises.
In addition to mastering numerous posture correction exercises, Brian Rossiter has developed strategic movements and concepts that have helped form his unique approach to posture exercises.
Brian Rossiter, a posture coach and performance coach, works with clients of all ages and skill levels, from children to senior citizens. He can create Posture Exercises Method routines with incredibly effective exercises for correcting your joint alignment and posture that can be scaled to suit your current abilities while keeping you moving on the road to taking on more-challenging exercises.
Athletes wanting to get the best out of their sports performance and wanting to extend their careers as long as possible stand to benefit by pursuing a Posture Exercises Method practice. If you’re an athlete and you want to breathe better, digest food better and sit, stand and move better, and if you want to put chronic pain behind you as you pursue glory, the Posture Exercises Method is for you.
When you work with Brian Rossiter, you’ll receive the best posture exercises and guidance, putting you in the ultimate position to go for the gold in all you!