Balance & Procoordination Measurement

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Measures to improve neuromuscular coordination are becoming ever more popular for both prevention and rehabilitation, not only in athletes but also patients receiving joint replacements. Numerous proprioceptive training measures and devices are used to train the sense of balance.
Parameters suitable for quantifying the results of therapy are largely lacking. Herein, a simple method for quantifying the balancing on one leg using the therapeutic device (Posturomed) commonly employed to train balance in the upright stance.
The horizontal movements of the oscillating suspended platform were recorded in two orthogonal directions using a non-contact measurement system. To simulate disturbance of the upright stance, a mechanical deflection device was applied to the platform.
Combined with a non-contact path measuring system the therapeutic device is suitable for characterizing balancing ability in an upright one-legged stance. To obtain more detailed information on the neuromuscular mechanisms involved, further studies are needed.

A mounting body of evidence indicates that proprioceptive training can improve athletes' strength, coordination, muscular balance, and muscle-reaction times, and two new studies link proprioceptive work with a reduced risk of injury during sporting activity. Future investigations are likely to find that improved proprioception can also boost athletic performance.

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