How does the BRAIN learn BALANCE? BALANCE = Visual + Proprioceptive + Vestibular information
We become better athletes in a number of ways. We learn from mirroring others. We learn from videos. We learn by hearing instructions. We learn from trial and error.
Over time and through many repetitions, many visual and auditory instructions, many times emulating our sports heroes, we become better. We learn how to move our bodies and put ourselves in a position to be successful. The more and more and more we do it correctly the better and more consistent we become.
The one thing where we get the most of our information and stimuli is through our eyes. About 90% of all of our stimuli comes through the sense of SIGHT. Our sense of TOUCH takes a big backseat in our learning.
We want to learn BALANCE and BODY CONTROL since those skills (next to vision) are the most important skills we can have as an athlete. All ELITE ATHLETES are amazing in those skills.
HOW CAN WE BE BETTER AT LEARNING TO BALANCE AND CONTROL OUR BODY?
If we take away some of our sense of SIGHT we can MAKE our brain rely more on our sense of TOUCH/FEEL.
BALANCE is made up from info from our VISON (eyes), PROPRIOCEPTIVE (muscles and joints to tell us where we are in space), and VESTIBULAR (inner ears sensing motion, equilibrium and spatial awareness) systems.
Our vision is such a powerful sense that it can override information from the other senses, which is sometimes beneficial and other times detrimental. When the visual system is not working properly, providing incorrect information to other somatosensory systems, it can dramatically interfere with our quality of life. Fortunately, the human brain is able to continuously create new pathways and neurological connections (synapses) throughout our lives, referred to as NEUROPLASTICITY. This concept of neuroplasticity is what allows us to develop the necessary control over different sensory systems, so that we may be able to enhance our ability to interact with the physical world, and thus our overall quality of life.
In other words, we can learn BALANCE by taking away our sense of SIGHT. We can get more 'in touch with our body' by relying more on the proprioceptive and vestibular systems.
Training with STROBE TRAINING GLASSES allows the user to control how much of the vision is occluded (blocked or obstructed). The more an athlete can reduce their visual stimuli while making a movement, the GREATER the GAINS in BALANCE.
In baseball, for example, hitting off a tee while wearing STROBE GLASSES makes athletes feel where the muscles and joints need to be to be successful. There are a number of balance drills that an athlete can incorporate to improve their balance. This applies to other sports as well. Try to incorporate them into whatever sport specific drills you are doing.
Training with STROBE GLASSES will help accelerate the learning for an athlete to feel their body and make adjustments to control their body.
BALANCE and BODY CONTROL are absolutely necessary to be an ELITE ATHLETE.