According to this study done by Purdue University, the high fall and injury rate of students reflects the inherent instability of bipedal locomotion (walking). Students are falling 58% of the time while walking, so it must be that humans weren’t meant to walk on 2 legs.
Humans have been walking for a very long time… and because students at Purdue are tripping and falling over half of the total time they spend walking, the study concludes humans aren’t designed to walk.
Let’s look at other pieces of information that may have been a contribution to the problem. Most individuals studying in a college setting are between the ages of 18 and 26. It is very fascinating and interesting to note that, by 1988, the United States adopted the law requiring children to be in car seats (a full 10 years after Tennessee made car seats mandatory).
Hunh. 1988 was… 28 years ago. My my, could there be a correlation between these young adults current ability (or inability, I should say) to walk and the environment that directly effected how, how much, and to what degree, they developed during their initial attempts to learn to walk?
And by the way, has anyone looked at the connection between the increased use of automobiles and human mobility via walking or equestrian riding?
Is it possible that cars and the use of car seats are the cause of the current trends in human walking incompetence?
We’ve all seen ‘those’ parents who don’t take their children out of the car seats when the drive is over. And now we even accessorize car seats: They snap into the stroller, fit into the grocery cart, and even come with a curved base – all the easier to ‘rock’ the baby to sleep. By the way, years ago a friend shared with me that these kids are called ‘Bucket Babies’ and tend to have a flat spot on the back of their head.
The truth is bodies are meant to move!
Since car seats have become so versatile, children aren’t getting the same stimulation and opportunity to build movement patterns. They are delayed, under-developed, and less coordinated. Review the following growth markers considered basic development:
- At 1 month, a baby should begin lifting their head and turning it to the side while lying on their stomach – in recent years, parents are told to give their kids ‘tummy time.’ No tummy time happens in a car seat.
- At 3 months, a baby should begin lifting his chest as well as head and perform pushup like movements while lying prone. They also push down with their legs if you stand them up. Babies can’t push their legs against the curve of a car seat.
- At 7 months, a baby should be able to roll over, sit unsupported, and bounce on her legs while supported. Children at this stage have not developed the same strong network of motor nerves that more independent babies have.
- Between 8 to 12 months, children should be crawling, pulling themselves up to standing, and walking with help. If kids aren’t mobile by this point, they really scream about it!
Humans have been raised in an upright world for much longer than they’ve been placed in car seats. There is more research to be had on this issue. For now, understand that car seats are just the beginning of a life of limited movement. With trends as they are, no one is likely to have a future of tripless walking – not with the average American sitting 9-12 hours a day.
Combat the effects of a sedentary lifestyle! Walk more, Move more, Sit less!
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‘Don’t Exercise, Move’ Workshop
April 16, 2016 at 3pm