Friday, September 30, 2016

Weight Bearing

Weight Bearing: Sensory input to the muscles/joints to help us know where our body is in space 

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, "physical activities work bones and muscles against gravity. This occurs with any weight bearing exercise. These activities cause bones to build more cells and become strong." 

Importance of Weight Bearing:
-Promotes increased body awareness
-Increases strength 
-Promotes calm and organized behaviors which can increase attention 
-Increases coordination and balance
-Improves joint/muscle integrity 
(UAB Pediatric Neuromotor Clinic PDF)