In the US alone, 25,000 people sprain their ankle every day, leading to 1 million emergency room visits each year. Moderate injuries could take a month to heal and that’s assuming you take it easy on the injured ankle. And, unfortunately, if you’ve experienced a sprained ankle in the past, you’re at a higher risk for additional ankle sprains.
Regular use of a balance board can prevent future ankle injuries. This article will explore 3 ways balance boards can reduce your risk of injury. Be sure to explore our balance board tutorials!
Balance boards increase range of motion in ankles.
Walking only moves your ankle front-to-back and stiff ankles are far more susceptible to injuries. It’s important to practice moving your ankle in all angles to improve range of motion, including sideways and rotational movements.
A balance board allows you to move your ankle in new angles to increase your overall range of motion. Improving range of motion is also key when recovering from an ankle sprain. Use caution with new exercises and always remember to stretch.
Balance boards strengthen ankles and surrounding muscles.
Your ankles are under a lot of pressure, all the time. Your ankles absorb the brute force of each step you take. This makes strengthening your ankles crucial for avoiding injury.
Balance boards are designed to target your ankles, making one an excellent addition to your workout routine. You can do a wide variety of exercises with a balance board, making it perfect for beginners and seasoned pros all the same!
Using a balance board improves your sense of proprioception.
Proprioception is the sense of body position and self-awareness of body movement. Individuals with a strong sense of proprioception are keenly aware of where their body is, how they’re moving their body, and their limits. When it comes to ankle injuries, having a strong sense of proprioception can help you sense that you’re off balance and self-correct your foot positioning faster before a sprain or twist.
Balance boards are perfect for improving your sense of proprioception, which starts by improving your balance. Start with basic balance board exercises, just focus on finding your center and balancing while standing or sitting. As you gain more confidence, try reaching your arms out or even shutting your eyes to add an extra layer of difficulty.
Use a balance board to prevent and rehabilitate ankle injures.
Despite ankle injuries being incredibly prevalent, you can take steps to reduce your risk of injury. Using a balance board is an inexpensive and effective strategy for minimizing your risk. Explore our Master Guide to Wooden Balance Boards to get started!Want your own balance board? Our wooden balance board is award-winning!