TEST YOUR CHILD’S RANGE OF MOTION
Does your child have normal range of motion? Should you care about your child’s range of motion? YES! We’ve chosen these three quick positional tests (a feet-together squat, the “couch-stretch” position, and full shoulder range of motion test) because they represent full and normal range of motion. These positions are the most easily compromised by sedentary activities and behaviors!
When kids don’t have normal range of motion, they come up with novel ways of moving around the problem, which leads to greater risk of injury and long-term athletic and movement compromise. If you want your child to increase their chances of being awesome at athletics and massively minimize the chances they will suffer orthopedic injuries in life, you cannot ignore their sitting-induced loss of range of motion. Loss of range of motion can be changed and fixed–especially in children–but not if you aren’t aware of it!