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Enhancing Physical Well-Being: Empowering Lives Through Force Plates Balance Assessments

Balance is a crucial element of physical well-being that impacts society significantly. It plays a key role in falls prevention programs, with implications for people’s quality of life. The costs associated with injuries from falls in older individuals in the UK exceeds £2.3 billion every year, highlighting the importance of balance maintenance.

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Balance is not only essential for the elderly but also for daily activities and athletic performance. In this blog post, we delve into the significance of static balance assessment through measuring Centre Of Pressure (COP) using force plates like AxIT Stomp-IT. We explore the key metrics involved and how health and fitness professionals can leverage this data for improved client outcomes.

Why is Balance Assessment Important?

  1. Foundation of Movement: Static balance forms the foundation for dynamic movements. Difficulties in static balance often translate to challenges in dynamic scenarios. It provides insights into an individual’s ability to control body position and posture, essential for daily tasks and athletic maneuvers.
  2. Injury Prevention: Identifying balance imbalances or deficiencies can help predict and prevent injuries. Proactive addressing of these issues can enhance joint stability and control, reducing the risk of falls and accidents.
  3. Performance Enhancement: Athletes can benefit from balance assessments to optimise training. Improved balance enhances agility, coordination, and overall athletic performance, tailoring to specific sport requirements.

Clients Who Benefit From Balance Assessment

Older Falls Prevention Clients

Static balance assessments are valuable for older adults aiming to prevent falls, guiding tailored exercise programs to enhance stability and independence.

Older Clients with Osteoarthritis

Identifying areas of instability can help design exercise programs that alleviate discomfort and improve mobility for older clients managing osteoarthritis.

Early Stage Return to Sports Athletes

Static balance assessments provide data on an athlete’s ability to regain equilibrium post-injury, aiding in targeted rehabilitation programs.

Clients with Neurodegenerative Disease

Balance assessments serve as crucial diagnostic tools for clients with neurodegenerative diseases, enabling tailored exercise programs to promote mobility and quality of life.

Types of Balance Assessments on Force Plates

  1. Quiet Stand: Assesses postural control during a static stance, highlighting the reliance on visual input and somatosensory systems.
  2. Single Leg Stand: Focuses on balancing on a single leg, relevant for activities like walking and running, and tracking lower limb injuries.
  3. Tandem Balance: Challenges base of support, detecting subtle balance impairments and early signs of balance disorders.

Prioritising balance assessment through tools like force plates is not just about enhancing physical well-being, but also about empowering individuals to lead healthier, more active lives. By recognising the critical role of balance in movement, injury prevention, and performance optimisation, health and fitness professionals can make informed decisions that positively impact the lives of their clients. Embracing the insights gained from balance assessments can pave the way for a future where individuals of all ages and abilities can move with strength, stability, and confidence. To find out more about balance assessments get in touch with one of our team of experts today.

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