There is ongoing debate about the purpose of stability training devices. Tell us about your experience with wobble boards, Bosu trainers and stability disks. Did you experience improvements in fitness that were reflected in your/your client’s everyday function? Should these devices be used by everyone?
Hi Andrew. Good stuff! Thanks. While I’m not sure of the efficacy of unstable surface training for “everyone,” I do a lot of work with girl athletes in particular, working on stability, balance and injury prevention (more specifically, the ‘reduction of risk’ of non-contact ACL knee injuries). I use many methods for improving the girl athlete’s balance and proprioception (e.g. pertubations on both stable and unstable surfaces, single leg balancing, jumping etc.). As one of the authors you site above stated:
“Balance training, along with other “neuromuscular” exercise such as jumping and agility drills, can reduce injury risk in sports such as soccer, basketball and volleyball. There’s also some evidence that simple balancing drills can reduce the risk of falls in older people.”
It is in this context, as well as some of my work with the elderly that I’ve found the most utility and carry-over effect. This is an interesting topic – thanks for bringing it up!