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Offline feeny

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balance boards and rehab
« on: November 20, 2005, 12:45:21 PM »
I was wondering if anyone is or has used balance boards / wobble boards in rehab and had any feedback on experiences? I have thus far read two conflicting studies on using these things in proprioceptor training - one positive for soccer (reported a 700% decrease in injuries) and one negative for volleyball - reported a marked decrease in ankle injuries with an *increase* in knee injuries... :|

In any event, I am using a balance board for 20-30 minutes / day (not all at once but 10 mins here and there throughout the day) and doing a bitof one legged work, squats etc on it as well. My balanace is certainly improving which cant hurt - but I have no idea as to any positive effects on my own rehabilitation (hehe how would I know? I have nothing to compare to!)

In researching various balance boards I came across this product called a vew-do board. I had never heard of them before. It turns out they are used by many soccer clubs to assist training (and prevent injuries...?) as well as by snowboarders in on/off season training. Oh and regularly prescribed for injury rehabilitation (if you believe the supplier literature). I am thinking of purchasing one - hell I live for snowboarding and playing soccer! I was wondering if anyone else has heard / used them and if so how have you found them?

Link to some of their "independent" articles on balance training here: http://www.retxspts.co.uk/Dreamshack/articles.htm

Sep-05 ACL rupture, Medial mensical tear, MCL rupture
Oct-05 Had it all repaired (hamstring graft, meniscal rivet)
-and then-
4.5 Months post-op Snowboarding like a demon
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Re: balance boards and rehab
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2005, 01:21:13 PM »
They are very much integral in the rehab i'm doing at my local hospital.
wobble board squats, throw catch on wobble boards etc. also they use a sort of wobble board, but its actually an air filled plate with a very slow leaking valve, we use this as a footbed for lunges, and backetball shooting.  again the idea being to encourage development of sub-concious balance responses - (propriaception).

I'm not keen on them because they do make you feel unstable, but then thats the idea...
Not heard anything bad about them from this end.

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Re: balance boards and rehab
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2005, 01:33:56 PM »
I used a BOSU as well as a wobble board and dyna discs during the later stages of my rehab.  All work on getting your core and a large number of muscles working together (vs. the isolated work that happens in PT). Ultimately, in real life, that is how your body must work--and particularly so in snowboarding or skiing, which is my sport.  I've done two-legged squats, one-legged squats, 'roosters' (my name--you balance on one leg while bending forward at the same time that the free leg swings up in the back--very tricky, but works the gluts & hamstrings beautifully) and plyometrics with these (jumping from one BOSU to another and 'holding' on balance when I land).

These have helped me greatly.  One amusing story:  the US Ski Team Conditioning Coach held a class at my gym and much of it involved the BOSU, including one exercise where one partner balanced on the BOSU (1 or 2 legged squat) while the other partner attempted to push them off by shoving them on the arm.  I got paired with Travis Cabralle--the guy who just won the World Cup in moguls.  I of course couldn't dislodge him--but he also couldn't dislodge me.  He commented that I was very, very good.

I now have a very strong core and much better sense of balance that before I tore my ACL almost a year ago.  After 4 days on the snow so far this year, I feel very comfortable.  The knee/leg are strong and my performance is getting back to normal.

so yes--work on that wobble board!

Andy
12/23/04:  complete ACL tear, partial LCL, tibia bruise
1/19/05:  allograph ACL
7/8/05:  AIR-scar tissue & ACL graft girth reduction
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Re: balance boards and rehab
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2005, 03:40:21 PM »
Hi there,

I am at 4 months and have been using wobble boards for the past 2-3 months. In my experience they are excellent. In fact I have bought one to use at home. As far as my physio has said they are great for ankles and knees and general core stability. My theory is if you have a better core stability and balence to are probably less likely to injure yourself anyway.

Interesting post
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Re: balance boards and rehab
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2005, 10:00:42 PM »
Well so far I am seeing my balance improve in leaps and bounds. My bad leg is way better than my good leg - hehe I;d better 'balance' things up!
This sort of exercise and training makes me lust for the snow - Im a boarder and the prospect of returning toride with better balance, muscle control and overall fitness is absolutely delicious!

Thanks for your tips!
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Oct-05 Had it all repaired (hamstring graft, meniscal rivet)
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Mar-2015 Arthroscopy to fix meniscus

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Re: balance boards and rehab
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2005, 04:10:23 AM »
my vew-do board arrived today. not sure how good it is for my knee or not - although I can see potential for reinjury!!

BUT

having said that this thing is heaps of fun!
Sep-05 ACL rupture, Medial mensical tear, MCL rupture
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Re: balance boards and rehab
« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2005, 06:44:41 AM »
Which one did you get?
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Re: balance boards and rehab
« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2005, 08:07:49 AM »
the indy - with a vortex pin as well for non-carpet use.
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Mar-2015 Arthroscopy to fix meniscus

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Re: balance boards and rehab
« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2005, 11:29:06 AM »
its quite a bit of fun. my balance has certainly improved dramatically over the last 2-3 weeks - since i got a normal wobble board at home - i am not sure how helpful this will be for rehab, but my PT put me on to it - and I cant imagine it could be bad - unless I fall and hurt myself.

I can see how it could assist snowboarding and other sports though. It fits my sport profile - snowboarding soccer player!
Sep-05 ACL rupture, Medial mensical tear, MCL rupture
Oct-05 Had it all repaired (hamstring graft, meniscal rivet)
-and then-
4.5 Months post-op Snowboarding like a demon
7 Months post-op Successful return to indoor soccer (YEH!)
-and then-
Mar-2015 Arthroscopy to fix meniscus

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Re: balance boards and rehab
« Reply #9 on: November 28, 2005, 04:57:15 PM »
One month post-op and physio started me on wobble board a week ago.  She said it was important for my knee to learn about normal movement again, which includes all ranges and the unexpected.  I have to go to my gym to use one.

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Re: balance boards and rehab
« Reply #10 on: November 28, 2005, 05:09:02 PM »
I do proprioception exercises too, only I use a balance disk. It is a round semi inflated disk a little larger than a frisbee. I balance on one leg to use it and find it quite challenging. Has also helped strengthen my weakened ankle from previous ankle fracture. You can use a combo of 2 disks, like surfing..... I saw a professional football player at rehab using 2 that way while doing his rehab.

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Re: balance boards and rehab
« Reply #11 on: November 29, 2005, 12:43:20 AM »
I've just graduated to standing on one leg.. on flat ground.. hehe. In a week or two I might progress to a pillow  ;D Have to start somewhere! It'll be good for me though - my balance was a bit off in my right leg anyway on account of rolling my ankle badly earlier in the year.
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Re: balance boards and rehab
« Reply #12 on: November 29, 2005, 05:29:08 AM »
i have been told that the more proprioception work we do the better!

I hope I have been told right :)
Sep-05 ACL rupture, Medial mensical tear, MCL rupture
Oct-05 Had it all repaired (hamstring graft, meniscal rivet)
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4.5 Months post-op Snowboarding like a demon
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Mar-2015 Arthroscopy to fix meniscus

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Re: balance boards and rehab
« Reply #13 on: November 29, 2005, 12:10:46 PM »
you have - keep on balancing!!
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Re: balance boards and rehab
« Reply #14 on: November 30, 2005, 02:14:43 PM »
Warning: Do not play with balance board after drinking.

Ouch.

Common sense, I know, but it was only one drink - and it made a hell of a difference!
*nurses sore knee*
Sep-05 ACL rupture, Medial mensical tear, MCL rupture
Oct-05 Had it all repaired (hamstring graft, meniscal rivet)
-and then-
4.5 Months post-op Snowboarding like a demon
7 Months post-op Successful return to indoor soccer (YEH!)
-and then-
Mar-2015 Arthroscopy to fix meniscus