New Study Shows Relationship Between Posture and Jump Height

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine in 2023 investigates the impact of posture and head rotation (spinal alignment) on athletic performance.  

In this study, researchers used the PostureScreen app which health professionals frequently use to analyze and track changes in posture.   I also use this app to analyze posture in my patients, and the posture of anyone at home. In fact, you can use it yourself by downloading the companion app here.

What Makes a Good Athlete?

Athletic performance depends on may different factors including strength, coordination, practice, and mental dexterity.  Scientists often use jump height as a measure of athletic ability in research scenarios because it is easy to measure and requires the coordination of the whole body in order to execute a jump.  

In fact, an older study in the journal of Strength and Conditioning Research in 2014 showed that jump height increases after chiropractic adjustment of the pelvis.  

This study is indicating that the position of the head is also of utmost importance and can greatly affect jump height in athletes.  

A proper posture increases the likelihood that an athlete has optimal alignment of the spinal segments allowing for efficient force transmission through the body.  

In contrast, poor posture can lead to imbalances, decreased range of motion and increased risk of injury, all of which can hinder athletic performance.  

How Does Chiropractic Help?

Chiropractic care focuses on restoring and maintaining the proper alignment of the spine and musculoskeletal system to optimize nerve function and overall health.  Using adjustments, chiropractors correct vertebral misalignments, known as subluxations, which can impede nerve transmission and compromise posture and athletic performance. 

Research suggests that chiropractic adjustments can positively impact posture by realigning the spine and improving muscle balance and coordination.  

Furthermore, chiropractic adjustments can enhance nerve function by alleviating nerve compression and facilitating optimal communication between the brain and body.  This can lead to improved motor control, coordination and proprioception, all of which are essential for athletic performance.