As touched upon in the last blog, balance training is very under-utilized. But why exactly is it so important to improve on? Below are 3 of the main benefits:
- Movement Re-patterning
- Any injury, from a minor sprain/strain to a fracture, can result in an altered movement pattern. This has been demonstrated in numerous studies1,2,3. The body will naturally try to adopt a movement that will avoid the pain and result in an altered sensorimotor control. Balance training helps improve and re-establish that neuromuscular control.
- Increased Stability
- Even if you haven’t had an injury, balance training is a great way to expose your body to unfamiliar stimuli and encourage it to adapt for subtle levels of correction and control. This will help improve your proprioceptive (body-spatial) awareness and strengthen joint stability.
- Injury Prevention
- With this improved neuromuscular control, increased proprioceptive awareness, and increased stability you are now less likely to sustain an injury related to these factors, such as falls or ankle sprains.
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Written by Dr. Brandon Buchla, DC, CSCS
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