Big But Graceful
Balance and agility training can make even the largest units graceful. Quick feet, speedy reactions and better proprioception are some of the benefits.
JT is an american football player. Weighing around 230lbs or 104.5kgs he is improving his single leg balance and agility on the Rooboard balance trainer with professional trainer and sports clinic owner Damien Orfanou.
What exactly is proprioception? by Todd Hargrove
“You could call it body sense or kinesthetic awareness – it is the brain’s ability to sense the relative positions and movements of the different body parts. Because of proprioception, you know exactly where your hand is in space as you move it around, even though your eyes are closed.”
“All coordinated movement depends on proprioception. When proprioception is compromised, say from a neurological disease or drunkenness, seemingly simple activities like walking or even standing can become impossibly difficult. It should be obvious that elite level movement in sport or dance requires an elite level of body sense. For example, there is no way to land a backflip onto a balance beam without knowing exactly what your body is doing at all times. Accurate body sense is also essential for feeling good in your body and being free of pain. As discussed below, problems with proprioception can be a major source of pain.”
“Improving your proprioception is an excellent goal for anyone who wants to improve sports performance or reduce pain. In fact, I would claim that any therapy or training method that can achieve either goal efficiently works primarly by improving proprioception. Following is a discussion of how proprioception works, why it matters, and how it can be changed for better or worse.”