The Citadel

The Military College of South Carolina

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Posture

Standard

Pass the B Standard of the Harvard Body Mechanics Posture Chart.

Elements

Muscular Strength, Endurance and Flexibility.

Execution (Standards)
  1. Excellent Mechanical Use of the Body
    1. Head straight above chest, hips and feet.
    2. Chest up and forward.
    3. Abdomen in or flat.
    4. Back, usual curves not exaggerated.
  2. Good Mechanical Use of the Body (as compared with Excellent Use)
    1. Head too far forward.
    2. Chest not so well up or forward.
    3. Abdomen, very little change.
    4. Back, very little change.
  3. Poor Mechanical Use of the Body (as compared with Excellent Use)
    1. Head foward of chest.
    2. Chest flat.
    3. Abdomen relaxed and forward.
    4. Back curves are exaggerated.
  4. Very Poor Mechanical Use of the Body (as compared with Excellent Use)
    1. Head still farther forward.
    2. Chest still flatter and farther back.
    3. Abdomen, completely relaxed, “slouchy.”
    4. Back, all curves exaggerated to the extreme.
How to Improve

Improve hamstring, hip flexor and trunk muscle flexibility. Strengthen abdominal muscles and upper back. Keep body weight within normal limits.

Safety, Facilities and Equipment

A Harvard Body Mechanics Posture Chart is helpful but not necessary.

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