Date of Award
Master of Science
Master of Physical Education
Much has been written about posture. The advantages and disadvantages of good and poor posture have been vividly described in the literature. Various methods and techniques for the study of posture have been invented. These studies have related posture to mental poise, psychological traits or social adjustment, physical fitness, functioning of the life processes, strength and stability, alignment of body segments, hereditary influences, metabolic rate, and academic rating.
Although studies having to do with posture have been varied and shows great intensity, but due to the lack of precise testing instruments and methods for measuring posture, the results have not been validated because of the lack of standards. Until such devices that can be used to determine the more exact nature of posture, the physical educator must decide for himself whether the results derived from good posture are beneficial to physical wellbeing of the individual and whether or not he will continue with posture training.
When the human body is not properly balanced, the individual must use his body at a mechanical disadvantage. In this poorly balanced position, the functions of vital organs are impaired. Poor posture with its relaxed abdominal walls and lowered diaphragm is accompanied by a downward displacement of viscera, decreased vital capacity, congestion in the abdominal organs, and sluggish circulation. Thus, correct body mechanics is emphasized for the purpose of allowing the vital organs to function at their highest efficiency.
N. J. Johnson
Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical College
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City of Publication
Adair, B. F. (1961). The Relationship Of Posture To Physical Fitness. Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.pvamu.edu/pvamu-theses/1429