Balance is a very important element in all sport activities
Golf · Rock climbing · Dancing · Rifle shooting · Surfing · Fly Fishing · Squash ·Trail running · Fencing · Ballet · Martial Arts · Boxing · Yoga · Diving · Athletics · Acrobatics · Kickboxing · Windsurfing ·SUP ·
All these sports, and many more, require excellent physical and mental balance.
Balance Analysis and Enhancement
At the Hearing & Health Centre we can help you learn a balance-improving routine.
The MediBalance Pro system measures and analyses your posture and level of balance in both an elegant and sophisticated way.
Within the given test routine, the three primary systems for staying in balance are being evaluated: the vestibular, the visual and the somato-sensory system are being assessed and compared.
Undergoing a 4- or up to 12-step test protocol your balancing skills are evaluated. Based upon the initial analysis a target-oriented training is offered which will help you regain a better sense of posture and level of body awareness. You will train your balance by playing computer games!!
Athletes need to challenge their static and dynamic balance and improve coordination.
Many people believe that participating in sports is the best form of sports conditioning. But playing sports without a technical understanding can cause “inefficient flailing” (using unnecessary movements to accomplish the sport), which is a direct result of being out of balance. By improving your balance, you can also improve your sports performance and skills.
“Balance conditioning is a way to train the body to make better use of the strength you already have”
When you train for stabilization, proprioception and balance, by default you are at less risk for injury. Good balance reduces the need for additional effort. More emphasis should be put on learning to move efficiently, with little wasted effort.
Balance and sports
Balance is both a movement skill that enhances technique, and a conditioning element that can be improved. Another way to understand balance is as a function of the nervous system, which is directly influenced by the five senses.
A sixth sense — proprioception — in the muscles, bones, hands, feet and connective tissues alerts the body when balance is threatened. The body’s balance centres — the eyes, ears and feet — work together to sense imbalance and help correct posture. Basically, the body’s ability to right itself (balance) is activated by stimulus: a response to an unexpected bump in the terrain, a sudden change in wind direction or an impulsive pass of the ball. Action in the canals of the ears detects abnormal tipping of the head in relation to gravity, and sends signals to the nervous system. When you lose balance, your brain sends instructions to the muscles and bones about how and when to react.
Balance training facilitates body awareness about the relationship of mass (hips) over the base of support (distance created between the feet or over one foot). While playing sports, this is a difficult thing to sense, but in a controlled training environment, these “feelings” can be introduced to athletes. The benefit is in “remembered” reactions to imbalance created in training situations. Balance awareness becomes an innate, automatic skill.
Balance training can teach body awareness and position sense (knowing where the limbs and body are in space at any given moment) which are vital to achieve in sports activities.