3 Reasons to Train Balance

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:

  1. Movement Re-patterning
    1. 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.
  2. Increased Stability
    1. 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.
  3. Injury Prevention
    1. 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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