The ability to maintain balance is a key factor in sports such as skiing and windsurfing.
Being a motor skill, balance keeps the equilibrium position of resisting the opposing forces, it becomes necessary in all aspects of development and progress in the techniques of skiing and windsurfing.
Let’s look at the development of such skills in children. It is interesting because it is often not given enough attention. Children may not like balancing exercise while you may try to please them. Nonetheless, the most favorable age to develop balance is 9-12, whereas the age of 10-11 is particularly sensitive. For boys, the particularly sensitive age is 11-12 and for girls 10-11. Special attention should be given to this when choosing a sport that we would like our children to get actively involved in and which they show most interest and talent for. For most sports, this period is critical and in no way should it be left out when developing motor skills and balance. In order to be actively involved in sports, training of balance and coordination in this period cannot in any way be compensated at some other point in life and it is very difficult to achieve significant results without this training during the specific period of development. For this reason, it is very important to teach children all these aspects (dynamic balance, coordination, proprioception, balance) even in case they decide to stop training and doing sports after this period. Children will feel the usefulness of this training in different periods of their life and activities that lay ahead of them, which may be ski and windsurfing schools.
Proprioception is the ability of the loco motor system for appropriate responses to specific and often unusual static and dynamic stimuli. In fact, it is the body’s ability to voluntarily or reflexively identify locations of the body and its parts in space and time, as well as the spatial-temporal parameters of such positions. If the body is brought into a large number of training situations in which the goal is to induce the activation of proprioceptors, it will allow the optimal response to emergency situations that could cause an injury. Proprioceptor has a receptor located in muscles, tendons, joints and the inner ear. It responds to stimuli produced by the body.
There are two levels of proprioception:
Unconscious (reflexive) proprioception to reflexively maintaining stability of joints and joint systems. It is important when we protect the joints from unexpected, swift and violent motion.
Conscious (voluntary) proprioception allows an adequate joint function in all physical activities.
Training is based on balance, i.e. maintaining balance and exercises for the proprioception development are both energy-undemanding and fun.
I tried to be as short and as direct as possible with the introduction to make the reading easier and also convey all the significant points that we will be discussing in the future, through a number of interesting articles.
Let’s get to the interesting part of our balanced story.
Performance surf and ski
DYNAMIC EQUILIBRIUM AND COORDINATION