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Athletes and Coaches

In competition, the difference between victory and defeat is often very small. If you are an athlete or a coach, then your priority is maximizing the talent that you have. At Balametrics, we provide you with the tools that you need to gain the edge that helps you win.

There are certain characteristics that all successful athletes have: the ability to evaluate information and make the right decision quickly, excellent balance and control of their bodies, good timing, the ability to execute quick, precise movements, and excellent peripheral vision. All of these processes are dependant upon proprioception. Proprioception can be defined as the awareness of movement and body position. It is sometimes also defined as the body’s joint positioning system. Effective proprioceptive processes are dependant upon the ability of the brain to integrate information from all of the sensory systems including feedback from muscles and joints, vision, the tactile sense (touch/pressure), and the sense of balance or vestibular system.

Balametrics’ products and therapies stimulate sensory integration, spatial awareness, and the sense of balance. These tools not only help you or your players to gain the edge necessary for success, proprioceptive training also reduces the incidence of ankle sprain and speeds the rehabilitation of ACL injuries. A study of Italian soccer players1 found that proprioceptive training that included balance stimulation reduced injuries by 87%, from 1.15 injuries per team in the control group to .15 injuries per team among those who had received training.

The difference between a good athlete and a great athlete is often quite small. But small improvements in performance often require huge improvements in brain efficiency. The activities that athletes engage in require the brain to develop highly complicated and efficient neural networks. For example, if a person throws a ball to a target at four meters distance, the release window for the ball leaving the hand is eleven one thousandths of a second. If the same target is moved to eight meters distance the release window decreases to of one thousandth of a second. The brain requires 64 times as many neurons to fire at precisely the right time to hit the target at eight meters as it does at four meters. It becomes immediately apparent that in order for an athlete to perform at higher levels, he or she must be able to develop increasingly larger and more efficient neural networks. The question is: how can an athlete improve the neural efficiency of the brain?

The difficulty level of Balametrics’ training products can be adjusted to challenge any athlete. By increasing the difficultly level of the activities, the brain is forced to develop more advanced, efficient neural networks. As neural efficiency improves, performance increases.

Balametrics offers you a new way to maximize your own performance or the performance of your team. It will help you to play smarter, reduce injuries, and improve efficiency.

An additional benefit of Balametrics’ therapies is that because they improve neural efficiency, they not only improve performance on the field: they have also been proven to improve academic performance. This can help your players meet academic minimums and improve your graduation rate.

To learn more about how and why Balametrics’ therapies can improve the basic foundations of the human mind, click here.

To read about others’ success stories with Balametrics' products, click here.

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     1 Prevention of anterior cruciate ligament injuries in soccer: A prospective controlled study of proprioceptive training, A. Caraffe, G. Cerulli, M. Projetti, G. Aisa, A. Rizzo, in Knee Surgery, Sports, Traumatology, Arthroscopy, chapter 4, pp. 19-21, Springer-Verlag 1996. (This study compared a test group of 600 male soccer players who were involved in a proprioceptive training program that included balance therapy, with a control group of 300 male soccer players who received no proprioceptive training. The incidence of ACL injury per team in the control group was 1.15 injuries per year. The incidence of ACL injury per team in the test group was .15 injuries per year.)

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