WHY ALL THE HOOPLA ABOUT W SITTING?!
You see it all the time. Kids like to sit with their feet splayed out behind their
bottoms. When therapists and sports coaches see this sitting position, they react as
though someone just scratched their fingers down a chalkboard. Why?
The pre-school years are a time of rapid bone and muscle growth. While the
legs of young children may be flexible, the W Sitting position stretches the
tendons that wrap around the knees. This stretching causes these muscles and
tendons to become lax, which disrupts the integrity of the knee joint. There is less
support and protection for the knee. This can cause trouble later in life,
especially as children grow and begin engaging in rigorous sporting activities.
While protecting the knee is a stand-‐alone reason to avoid Sitting there is
another important reason why proper sitting is important. When your child sits in
healthy positions, the trunk muscles are activated to help maintain balance and sit in an upright position. That doesn happen when W sitting. As a result, the core muscles dont get the workout they need. When kids get to school, the ability to sit up and pay attention in class is compromised.
How should your preschooler sit?
Crossed legs (Taylor sitting position) (pic)
Long sitting position (pic)
Side sitting position (pic)
When children sit in these positions to play games, they have to reach side to side.
Crossing the midline of the body is important not only for trunk strengthening but
helping to establish hand dominance! When the child is comfortable with reaching
across the body, each hand starts to specialize.
What can you do if your child -sits? Here strategies to help your child get
comfortable in healthy sitting positions?
1. Help strengthen core muscles with weight bearing activities such as wheel-‐
barrow walking, crab and bear walking.
2. When playing games or looking at picture books, encourage lying on tummy
3. Rolling and climbing activities
If your child complains that these sitting positions hurt or they are unable to
actually get into these positions, talk to your pediatrician.