Balance training using Thera-Band® Stability Trainers and balance boards has been shown to prevent sports injuries in several studies. Researchers in Finland investigated the effects of an in-season neuromuscular training program in female balancefloorball players. 27 teams were randomized into either a control group or intervention group that performed a 6-month neuromuscular exercise program. Each team was provided with an instruction book, 8 wobble boards, 8 balance pads, and 8, 1-kg soft weights. The program (download the sports neuromuscular warm-up protocol here) included balance, agility, plyometric, and stretching exercises.

After the 6-month season, participants in the exercise group significantly improved their static balance and jumping speed. There was no difference in improvement between groups in their jump height or agility running speed. In addition, the researchers found 66% lowered risk for leg injuries in the exercise group (the authors published a separate article in the British Medical Journal in 2008). These studies show that an in-season neuromuscular training program including Thera-Band stability trainers, wobble boards, and soft weights can prevent injury and improve performance in female athletes.

REFERENCE: Pasanen K, Parkkari J, Pasanen M, Kannus P. Effect of a neuromuscular warm-up programme on muscle power, balance, speed and agility: a randomised controlled study. Br J Sports Med. 2009 Dec;43(13):1073-8. Epub 2009 Jul 20.

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