By physiotherapist Hannah Harboe
Regardless of age, every one of us needs to practise and train our proactive and reactive balance control at our own personal level of motor skills. The case describes Howe we can use Arches to train elite sports people's proactive and reactive balance control. The same method can be used with adults and children.
If, however, something unexpected happens during the movement and the proactive process does not correlate with the reactive response, e.g. if we misjudge the movement, if we are suddenly jolted during the movement, if we are disturbed by a noise or if the underlay shifts. In a situation of this kind, we lose control and we lose our balance. Sometimes we fall and no harm is done. At other times, a fall can cause serious joint and muscular injuries. A fall, which is a failed attempt to move, can also have an impact on our self-confidence.
Arches are designed so that the elements are easy to stack. They have a broad rubber edge that ensures that they are stable. The rubber edge prevents the elements from sliding apart when stacked. The more Arches you stack, the more unpredictable their movements – and therefore the more difficult they are to balance on.
Using Arches, you can work with an easy progression. One element laid on the floor makes a small bridge that even a small child can cross. If the element lies like a seesaw, it is mobile and therefore more difficult to balance on. If you build one arch on top of another to form either an “eye” or an “hourglass” shape, you need to have a good sense of balance to climb and stand on them and make them rock from side to side.
Helena is an active young lady who plays elite handball. She has joined the national talent squad for young people. During a training match, she is unfortunate to be pushed as she jumps up. She lands awkwardly and damages the cruciate ligament in her right knee. Helena undergoes surgery to reconstruct the ligament. Six weeks after surgery, she begins an intensive rehabilitation programme.