I would like to recommend this kind of thing for everyone, but especially us older folks. (You know who you are!) Must confess I am guilty of neglecting this aspect of fitness. But, no more. I have ordered one of these pads from Amazon.
In addition to the development of lower extremity muscle and connective tissue strength, an effective injury prevention strategy is the development of proprioception.
Proprioception can be defined as the ability to sense stimuli arising within the body regarding position, motion, and equilibrium; the normal awareness of one’s posture, movement, balance, and location based on the sensations received by the proprioceptors (sensory receptors that receive stimuli from within the body, especially one that responds to position and movement).
“Improvements in proprioceptive control (balance) in a single stance may be a key factor for an effective reduction in ankle sprains, knee sprains, and low back pain,” according to a study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. (Riva, D, et.al.)
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