I want to talk about the importance of your own balance and how you can train for better balance. Good balance can reduce injury potential and prevent problems due to joint pain, weakness, or dizziness.
Athletes and fitness buffs have one thing in common—they encounter injuries every once in a while. Some may be minor ones, while others can be serious. For professional athletes, it could mean the end their career or their once-in-a-lifetime chance for fame and glory. Sport injuries are inevitable, but there things that can be done to lessen the development of these circumstances. One way of achieving this is by maintaining balance in training. Understanding the role of balance in training is essential to reducing injuries.
Balance is the ability to maintain stability when stationary or moving through the body’s coordinated actions of the sensory functions (eyes, ears, and the organs in the joints). It is the the basic skill needed in excel in every sport. From basketball to tennis to bowling — changing one’s center of gravity to match a particular move is a factor in maintainting efficiency in sports. In addition, many health and fitness experts add that ankle pain sprains, strains, spasms, and other sports injuries are not associated with strength, flexibility, and endurance. These injuries are often caused by improper balance and can be avoided by achieving slight adjustments of balance.
Kinesthetic awareness, or the ability to know where the body parts are in a three-dimensional state is needed for every movement of the human body. This phenomenon explains the possibility of learning and improving onse’s sense of balance. These things can be achieved by walking along walls, jumping, spinning, and climbing. In addition to these activities, balance can be achieved by engaging in drills called “tweaks” or repeating a sports exercise with eyes shut or shaking the head to intensify the effects of training. Changing the surface of one’s balance workout is another effective “tweak.” Individuals may train in lumpy and rugged surface like grass to improve balance. Engaging in these activities for just a few minutes once or twice a day can vastly improve one’s balance and reduce the development of injuries.
Sports injuries are inevitable and there is nothing that can be done to prevent it from happening. But individuals who encounter these kinds of circumstances should not worry because there are a number of treatments that are available. Common treatments for injuries may include rest and physical therapy. The use of pain-relievers to treat the pain that is associated with injuries is also recommended by doctors. However, taking medication for muscle pain relief and injury should always be the last resort.
Everyone of all ages should keep a healthy balance system to avoid injuries and avoid problems due to joint pain, weakness, or dizziness. Keeping a healthy balance system is essential in improving overall health and well-being.
If you want help on balance training check out our 7-Days to Better Balance Program.