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Why do we test your balance and how does this integrate with injury analysis?



Balance testing is used to evaluate an individual's ability to maintain their centre of gravity over their base of support. It is an important aspect of overall body coordination and stability and is crucial for activities such as walking, running, and other physical activities.

Testing balance can help identify potential issues that may lead to injury or that may be caused by an existing injury. For example, a person with poor balance may be at a higher risk of falling and sustaining an injury, while someone with a history of ankle sprains may have a diminished ability to maintain their balance on that side.

It can also be useful in assessing the effectiveness of different types of treatment. For example, balance training exercises can be used to improve balance and reduce the risk of falls, and the effects of these exercises can be measured by repeated balance testing.

Additionally, imbalanced muscle strength and flexibility can affect the stability and coordination of the body, which can also lead to injury. By identifying and addressing these muscle imbalances through therapy, one can prevent injury as well as improve overall performance.

Finally, balance testing can be used in return to sports or work evaluations to ensure that an individual is able to perform the necessary tasks safely, before returning to the activity

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