How is Your Balance? The Development, Deterioration, and Exercises to Improve Balance and Prevent Injury: Part 2

Balancing

In Part 1, we discussed the development and deterioration of balance and the risk of injury associated with poor balance.  In this article, we will discuss how to test your balance and how to improve balance with a simple exercise. Testing Your Balance Remove your shoes and stand on a firm surface with feet together, toes pointing forward, and arms hanging straight down at your side.  Lift one foot off the floor so the hip and knee are at 90 degree angles (thigh is parallel…

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How is Your Balance? The Development, Deterioration, and Exercises to Improve Balance and Prevent Injury: Part 1

Balancing

Balance is a state of equilibrium or equal distribution of body weight.  Some people, such as gymnasts or performers in Cirque du Soleil, have impeccable balance.  In other people, balance is so poor they cannot balance on one leg for more than a few seconds.  In part one of this two part article we will discuss the development and deterioration of balance and the risk of injury associated with poor balance.    The Development of Balance We are not born with balance.  Balance is something…

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