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Perform ten minutes of accumulated time in the deep squat per day. “A full-range, butt-to-ankles air squat is an omnipotent diagnostic tool for identifying problems and fixing the broken athlete.” Dr. Kelly Starrett, Becoming a Supple Leopard, p.82 Look at the graph below. Why are less of our students able to perform the deep squat as they get older? Sitting. Sitting causes enough problems to have a book written about it. (See photo below) This graph actually looks a lot better than when we assessed the deep squat last year. We are making progress! Additionally, to decrease sitting, consider doing your other homework at a standing desk. I have been using a standing desk since 2017. I have found that having a foot rest is important. I would be happy to talk with anyone who is considering it. firstname.lastname@example.org
Many members of the faculty went to a workshop on flexible seating during a professional development day. Flexible seating allows students to choose where they work best. One way I heard it described is that the classroom is more like a coffee shop, as far as arrangement and seating options. I believe this will also help with mobility and body positioning.
There is a steady drop in ability to perform the deep squat from 3rd to 8th grade, except for the spike back up in 7th grade. The 7th grade has always been an exceptionally athletic class. Is it a coincidence that they also have an increase in ability to assume this position? I don't think so. The deep squat is attainable! If you cannot do it yet, (and I could not when I first read of its importance) you can scale it back by holding onto a fixed object or having a wall against your back.
What is the deep squat? Toes pointing forward. Feet a fist's width apart. Heels on the ground. Butt to heels.