First, let’s define an athlete (roughly).
ath·lete ˈaTHˌlēt/ noun: athlete; plural noun: athletes
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While some of us may fancy ourselves athletes, others are active merely as a health staple: heart health, brain health, weight loss, tapping the brakes on aging, etc. Still, others have more of a weekend warrior approach. Whether you consider yourself an athlete or not, you are a human that uses movement to heave yourself around this planet. So, we should move proficiently, right?
Let's Start With Standing - Here we will go over six hallmarks to ensure proper footing.
1. Foot Placement
The most common stance I see outside the office is the duck foot position. This position occurs when both feet are angled outward or away from each other. This stance puts uneven forces on the knees and may result in overpronation. Overpronation occurs when the feet have a tendency to roll inwards, which can lead to bunion formation, abnormal callous formation, and even arthritis.
And guess what, if you are standing like a duck, you are running like a duck as well.
This means that as you are pounding the pavement all of those abnormal forces are being transferred up to your hips, knees, and low back. Knees hurt? Check your stance.
The feet should be parallel to one another. If you picture the foot without toes, it looks like a rectangle. You want to put even an distribution of weight on each corner of the rectangle. I may explain it a little better IRL:
Dr. Drwencke is a sports chiropractor, speaker, & clinical athlete in San Francisco. Her posts reflect some of the day to day interactions and questions from patients and clients. Dr. Drwencke strives to empower people through injury rehab and sports performance to lead healthy, productive lives.