ROUND BALANCE WOODEN BOARD
It is the classic proprioceptive wooden board, resistant and well finished. It is part of the so-called unstable bases devoted to exercises of proprioception, coordination, strength, and in particular, ankle rehabilitation.
Dimensions: Ø 400 mm, height 60 mm
Weight: 1,9 kg
It is the proprioceptive boards, or Freeman boards, those that, thanks to a hemisphere in the bottom part board, cause instability. Balance Boards are used both for rehabilitation and prevention, practices aimed primarily at athletes, beginners, or seasoned athletes. How is proprioception stimulated? Meanwhile, it is necessary to remember what is the action of proprioceptors. Proprioceptors are mechanosensory neurons that send messages to the central nervous system and provide feedback information about the motor coordination. Balance Boards are used to recover (or strengthen) the ankle and knee joints, restoring the motor patterns that guarantee a static and dynamic balance. This model of neuromotor stimulation is also fundamental in older adults, who, with the use of the board, can improve many muscular and nervous faculties.
Here are some exercises listed based on the difficulty:
– sitting, one foot on the board to mobilize the ankle (very easy)
– one foot on the floor and one on the board to mobilize the ankle (easy)
– both feet on the board to try to maintain balance (medium)
– one foot on the board (difficult)
– two feet on the board with eyes closed (very difficult)
– as above, with the coach disrupting the stability of the user with small pushes (very difficult)
The difficulty should be measured based on the user and the point they are in their rehabilitation path. In case you are a healthy athlete, you can use the last three recommendations for the improvement of proprioception.