I am an Athletic Trainer a Kinesiologist and a Massage Therapist. I only work with top level athletes, I have worked with Olympic athletes, Ultraman triathletes, Iron Man triathletes, National level athletes and professional athletes. I own a sports medicine clinic where I assess and rehabilitate athletic injuries and strength and condition athletes.
When I first saw the Rooboard on YouTube I instantly knew that I had to have one. I used to use wobble boards to train balance and stability, the problem being that with wobble boards you are standing on both legs. It doesn’t matter which sport you are competing in, you will never be standing on both legs. From speed walking to jogging to soccer to football you will be on one alternating legs and for split instants you will be on one leg. That is where the Rooboard comes in.
When an athlete comes to train with me I always start them on exercises that trains their legs independently. We start with balancing with on leg to single leg squats, pistol squats, step ups, ect. Strengthening legs independently creates stability, once you have stability you have power and an efficiency of movement. The Rooboard allows me to strengthen the forefoot, the ankle, the knee and the hip. All single leg exercises also work your core because you must also stabilize and control your pelvis (not allowing your pelvis to sway from side to side).
All my athletes love the Rooboard from the professional boxers to the Ultraman triathletes, I cannot train them without it. It looks deceptively simple but I dare you to try it. Try it only once and you will instantly see it’s potential.
By Damianos Orfanoudakis on June 15, 2014