While different exercises focus on different muscles, all the parts of the body are still required to work together, making upper body exercises essential for the successful athlete. Solid Posture is important for aesthetic appeal and to prevent back pain even when you’re not training, but it holds an entire other layer of benefits for athletes. The best way to achieve proper posture is to practice through agility and stabilization exercises.

The Davies Test is used to assess upper body agility and stabilization. For an athlete to perform The Davies Test properly, he or she must place themselves on the floor and place two pieces of tape 36 inches apart. The athlete, then begins in a push up position with one hand on each piece of tape. Then, he or she will then quickly touch their right hand to their left hand, continuing to perform alternating touches on each side for a period of 15 seconds. Record the number of lines touched by both hands.
This test is to be repeated three times. The average number of repetitions for the male athlete is 20 repetitions and the average amount of repetitions for the female athlete is 18 repetitions.

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