Proprioception could be looked at as one of the inner ‘controllers’ of our body!
You get great proprioceptive training for free if you do authentic Functional Exercise.
Proprioceptors provide us with information about movement and the position of our head, limbs and body in time and space. Their aim is to protect our body from damage by using ‘stretch reflexes’ and these can restrict or limit our movement at times of need. Some of these sit in joints, some in our muscles and some in skin and fascia. In combination, proprioceptors give our body a supreme and enhanced awareness of our ‘whereabouts’.
You do need to proprioceptively train the body towards the function it so requires. Doing a ‘plank’ for example will not train your abdominals proprioceptively to protect you in upright function with lumbar spine extension and rotation. Squatting will not proprioceptively train your legs to run and that ‘static squat hold’ at 90 degrees that many are given, will certainly not protect your hips, knees and ankles while you ski.
Training proprioceptors effectively requires movement and often (although not always) …….it needs ground force reaction too! Increased effectiveness is achieved by using different tweaks or additions to our movement such as adaptations in speed, depth, height and angulation and this may involve using your head, limbs and body, all in 3 planes of motion. An INTEGRATED chain reaction is needed, nothing is ISOLATED.
Whatever sport or exercise you want to do, to become and stay good at it, your conditioning and rehabilitative training needs to look and smell like the sport you want to do!
If you need any help with Functional Training or need an injury treated, call us at Back to Back on 020 8605 2323