What would you say if I told you that one of the most costly addictions in America today is to technology? I know it’s crazy but the number of people who are addicted to technology is overwhelming.
No, this isn’t another “get off my lawn blog,” but I read something that made me shake my head. We all know that the most obvious issue with technology is the time kids spend interacting with their technology rather than being active or involved with real human beings.
But too much screen time can have other impacts. It:
1. Suppresses the immune system the same way that constant stress does. That can lead to more frequent illnesses
2. Triggers the sympathetic nervous system and the “fight or flight” (stress) response
3. Leads to bad posture
4. Brings more unnatural muscle development in the next and upper back
All of these technology related problems can be bad for our softball players. Now we know that we have zero chance of getting our kids to put the phone down, but let’s at least be aware of the problems and offer some solutions
Teach your kid to use good posture when they are staring at their phone. Head and shoulders back, upright in the chair. Or have them lay on their stomachs with their head up and their weight on their elbows.
So you thought there wouldn’t be any useful tips in this blog!
About the Author: Tory Acheson brings a wealth of knowledge to the Fastpitch Prep staff. He has coached at all levels of the game, including the last 25 years at the college level at the University of Wisconsin – Parkside, Tennessee Tech and Kennesaw State. He began his coaching career at the high school level spending 9 years Whitnall High School in Greenfield, Wis. and is now working as a professional softball instructor.