sports performance testing & research Institute
Balance training is an important aspect of most every type of athletic performance. Understanding weaknesses in balance in an athletes body is often overlooked. Poor balance control may be a result of weak muscles in the legs or ankles or something more complex in athletes visual responses, eyesight or neurologically. By testing balance both in a static environment along side the weighted vest combined with vibratory test, we understand more.
Why would you do a balance test? Balance testing is used to evaluate a person's ability to maintain their balance both in a static environment and during vibration. Balance issues may not be athletic abilities or lack of coordination issues. Balance related problems may result from medications, ear infection, a head injury, or anything else that affects the inner ear or brain. Low blood pressure can lead to dizziness when you stand up too quickly.
Who is balance testing recommended for? Every athlete should perform balance testing at least once a year, regardless of the sport they play.
How often should you perform a balance test? Balance testing should be done every 3-6 months or after a lower body injury and return to play resumes. Balance testing can be used as an early indicator of knee or ankle instability and may demonstrate weaknesses in muscle or lack of muscle re-education.
Which body parts are or can be tested? Balance is typically directed at the lower body but can also be focused on the muscles in the core.
What are the results of this test? Balance tests are used to find out if you have a problem with your balance, and if so, what is causing it. There are many causes of balance disorders.
What does this help to improve? Balance testing may be used to identify weaknesses in the stabilizing muscles of the lower body and legs, or may be a result of vision deficiencies or inner ear related issues.