Balance and proprioception exercise and skills training have been shown to not only improve performance, but they can reduce your risk of getting injured doing sports that require quick stops, pivots and footwork.
There is quite a lot of research to back up the notion that balance training can help prevent recurrent ankle sprains in athletes. A study published in The American Journal of Sports Medicine found that proprioceptive exercises on a balance board is effective for prevention of ankle sprain recurrences. Another study showed that balance training reduced the risk of a noncontact inversion ankle sprain in high school football players.
If you don't do regualr balance training, you may want to test your risk of ankle sprains.
If you need some improvements in your balance , there are balance training products that can help.
To learn more about starting your own balance training program, check out:
- Balance Training and Proprioception
- How To Build Joint Stability After an Injury
- Top Balance Training Products