Inverting in the Heartland
The health and fitness of our children is a vital concern to all, and Teeter is thrilled to learn that physical educators in the American Heartland are teaching elementary through university students how to properly use our inversion tables and gravity boots.
Iowa Team Fitness (ITF) is a federally-funded statewide physical education initiative directed by the Iowa Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (IAHPERD). Children and youth in the program are learning early that exercising, resting and working in only the common upright, flexed and horizontal postures does not allow gravity to properly mold them into healthy and fully upright adults.
Inversion, hanging from the limbs and extension are equally important, said Dr. Ed Thomas, President of the IAHPERD and Health and Physical Education Consultant to the Iowa Department of Education. Teaching our students to safely and efficiently mobilize in these uncommon postures is critical to their physical development.
Regional ITF training sites at Iowa Wesleyan College and Graceland University are now teaching future physical educators the theory and practical application of training in the uncommon postures. First they learn to use and teach others a variety of skills with Teeter’s inversion tables, and then they master more challenging drills with our Gravity Boots.
Summer camps help prepare Iowa high school students to teach inversion table progressions to younger children, and a recent partnership with the Iowa Army National Guard and McDonald’s Corporation brought a team of boys and young men from four states together to become fitness leaders.
Inverted decompression and mobilization is an integral part of Iowa Team Fitness physical training, said Thomas. We owe our children and youth the best possible physical education, and they consistently respond well to a higher training bar.
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