Balance and Proprioception Assessment
Balance assessment is a relatively new and exciting science. In the athlete it can show deficiencies that can result in injury. Balance training in athletes with poor proprioception has been shown to reduce injuries. In the non-athletic population balance assessment and training can prevent falls especially in the elderly. This may mean the difference between independent living and a fractured hip or wrist following a fall and the need for assisted accommodation.
Balance assessment is usually a combination of centre of pressure measurement on a platform with visual or video analysis and dynamic testing.