Study Says Strength & Balance Training Can Reduce Sports Injuries

By Gretchen Bolander

Published 11/21 2013 06:19PM

Updated 11/21 2013 10:58PM

Strength and balance training may not top your list of exercise priorities. But a new study finds you could cut down on injuries if you keep them in the mix.

"Strength training is moving a joint of the body against resistance through a full range of motion. Balance training primarily consists of helping the body know where it is in space." And Certified Athletic Trainer Craig Jennings says the more you do them, the lower the odds of injuring yourself. "Strength training requires the muscles to get stronger which help hold the joints together. It requires the tendons to get stronger. And it even puts stress on the ligaments and allows them to absorb the shock better."

Meanwhile balance training allows your body to better cope with stress. "Whether it be poor footing, whether it be somebody bumping you, whether it be an uneven surface. So if you can communicate with your brain, you can adjust to keep your body in proper alignment, keep your center of gravity and move better and you don't get hurt."

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