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Scholars Day: April 15, 2009

The Alexander Technique and its Affects on Posture and Balance

This study addresses the effectiveness of the Alexander Technique at improving posture/balance among three female dance majors at SUNY Brockport who displayed rounded shoulders and forward positioned head. Subjects practiced the technique in one hour sessions, five times/week for three weeks, and on their own time. Sagittal view photographs captured posture and Biodex System SD™ recorded balance before/after training. Results depict that posture improved, while balance declined or remained unchanged. Degradation in balance is rationalized by Bernstein's three stages of learning, which emphasizes increased variability and release in degrees of freedom while adapting to a novel motor task, resulting in temporary coordination deficits due to reorganization of sensorimotor pathways. With more time to practice the Alexander Technique, gaining control of these degrees of freedom may have lead to better results for the balancing tasks. Thus, further research is necessary to address the effectiveness of the Alexander Technique at improving posture and balance.

Presenter: Andrea Alberico (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Physical Education and Sport
Location: 104 Edwards
Time: 10 am (Session I)