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Neck Stretches for People with Desk Jobs

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The first quarter of 2019 is now in the rear-view mirror and many of us are tied to our desks and hunched over computers or tablet devices and poor posture can lead to a significant amount of physical discomfort including in your neck and shoulders.

We love to see South African therapists putting their content online and sharing their valuable knowledge. We recently met biokineticist Kendra Dykman and she has put together these handy exercises that you can do at your desk:

 

Don’t forget that you can use our 3D Joint ROM tool to measure neck Range of Motion (ROM)

We also offer wellness presentations to staff at your company. If you would like more information on this, please e-mail marca@dynamicbodytechnology.com

The Wall Shoulder Press Shoulder Strength and Mobility – Stick Mobility Exercise

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We are always on the lookout for innovative new techniques and therapists doing interesting things.

Stick Mobility is a training system that improves your mobility, stability, and strength.

The exercises combine joint mobilization, strength training, and deep fascial stretching to increase athletic performance, reduce the risk of injury, and speed recovery after exercise.

In this video the team takes you through a Wall Shoulder Press.

The Wall Shoulder Press, or “The W”, improves your ability to press and pull-down. Takes you through active pressing and pull-down actions, turns on and preps your shoulders for activity, and activates the posterior and anterior tissues of your upper body. This exercise uses two short sticks and is a good way to stretch, strengthen, and mobilize your shoulders.

Don’t forget that you can use our 3D Joint ROM tool to measure shoulder Range of Motion (ROM)

How sports science in Africa can be taught and thought about differently

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We would love your thoughts on the below article from Francois Cleophas on the role of educators in the fields of sports science:

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Sports science needs to race towards a different approach.
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Francois Cleophas, Stellenbosch University

In the four years since the decolonisation debate took centre stage at South African universities, much of the focus has been on what decolonisation might look like in the humanities.

But science subjects, too, need to be taught differently at African universities in the 21st century. This is true of my discipline, sport science. The content of the sports science curriculum needs to change. So does the focus of sports science departments. Increasingly, such departments at public universities rely on private funding to operate. This means they are driven by corporate and donors’ interests, doing less for the public good and not necessarily producing social and political critical thinkers.

Both the curriculum and the structure of sports science departments needs to be overhauled. This is necessary, because nothing in the ideological content of sport science curricula has changed over the past 25 years.

In fact, it can be argued that the sport science curriculum, driven more and more by semi-private institutions at public spaces of higher learning, is more committed to a neo-liberal capitalist project today than what it was 25 years ago.

The field’s history

The history of modern day century sports science, as an academic discipline, dates back to the early 20th century when the medical fraternity and physicians became interested in athletic contests. One such doctor, R. Tait McKenzie, published one of the field’s earliest scholarly texts, Exercise and Education in Medicine.

This book reflected and enforced the cultural hold that the western (Hellenistic) presentation of the human body exerted in the emerging field of sport science. The Greek body – white, muscular, masculine and middle class –dominated as an ideal type. This dominance continues today. What wasn’t discussed was that ancient Greece was a slave-owning society that exploited inequalities based on race, gender and class.

As scholars like Ina Zweiniger-Bargielowska have highlighted, physical culture around the turn of the 20th century existed against the backdrop of competing conceptions of masculinity and a wider debate about the fitness of the British “race”. The scientifically trained sport body, sculpted by the sport scientist, became modern society’s idea of the perfect body.

The untrained body – that is, not trained by a sport scientist – is often presented as the “other” type. These “untrained” bodies are often developed in community sports in local communities without the high costs that accompany sport science interventions. These forms of exercise are looked down on and sports science students are taught that these matter less. Ordinary people in these communities are made to believe that their exercise regimes, and ultimately their physical bodies, are not valid and are unimportant.

There have also been few strides in addressing gender discrimination in sports science. White male bodies are the focus. Students are not taught about alternatives or given space to criticise traditional approaches.

The field of sports science, then, has neglected the development of a thorough, critical analysis of how gender, race and class inequalities play out in sports science and exercise.

Commodifying knowledge

But altering what we teach is just one part of the challenge for South African sports scientists.

As higher education has become more commodified, so have public universities’ sports sciences departments.

As sport scientists, we no longer focus primarily on generating and dispensing intellectual knowledge about sport to local communities. Instead, we accumulate knowledge primarily for performance appraisals in accredited publications for distribution in academic circles. This means it’s shared with fewer people.

In this way, sports science’s intellectual property has been captured by what scholar Lesley le Grange refers to as the knowledge economy in the ascendancy of the neo-liberal university.

What does all this mean, in practise?

Simply put, if sport science wants to be relevant to ordinary people, the curriculum needs to be taught and thought about differently. There must be a commitment to a decolonised way of doing things. This means teaching students about different bodies, about different fitness regimes and approaches, drawing from indigenous knowledge systems about what builds a strong body.The Conversation

Francois Cleophas, Senior Lecturer in Sport History, Stellenbosch University

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Why isn’t my patient’s tennis elbow getting better? 3 tips for treating lateral elbow pain

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One of our more popular posts on our blog was The Physio Matters podcast with Val Jones where they discussed “Tennis Elbow” and treatment options.

We recently came across this great video from physiotherapist David Pope where he looks at “Tennis Elbow”:

In this video, you’ll discover three key research-based tips to help you get your lateral elbow pain patients on track, including:

  • How to make sure you’ve got an accurate diagnosis, and you’re actually treating lateral elbow tendinopathy rather than another presentation
  • Treatments you need to avoid like the plague, that will lead to worse outcomes – Specific exercise instructions you can use with your patients – how much and how often should they get stuck into their strengthening exercises?

Enjoy!