Skip to Content

Understanding Balance in Sports Performance Enhancement

Balance - it's an essential part of your everyday life. From keeping you upright to navigating nearly every movement your body makes, we often take this crucial neurological function for granted.

In the world of sports performance, balance training can help push an on-the-cusp athlete into the realm of greatness. Great balance is key for athletes, especially those who engage in endurance activities, running, cycling and swimming, for example.

Unbeknownst to many, there are two kinds of balance:

  • Static balance
  • Dynamic balance

The Differences Between Static & Dynamic Balance

Static balance refers to the body's center of gravity within its support and postural control base. For everyone, the center of gravity is the point around which all of your body's weight is evenly distributed. Generally speaking, it is located about two inches anterior to the spine. Easy enough to visualize, right? However, your center of gravity changes as you move.

The base of support, also essential for great balance, is the equation that makes up the surface being bearing your weight and the distance between your body and it. So, if you stand to perform an exercise with your feet 12 inches apart, your base of support is the distance between your feet and the floor and the area between your feet.

If you move your feet closer together, your base of support decreases and balance becomes more difficult. Hence the reason standing on one foot is harder than both feet planted hip-width apart.

Dynamic balance refers to the ability to move outside the body's base of support, while still being able to maintain postural control. If you have decreased balance ability, your body's center of gravity is restricted and can cause falls and injury.

Adding balance exercises to your overall fitness routine, no matter your sport, is important to increase performance and to prevent injuries.

Seek the help of a Sports Neurology expert!

As a board certified neurologist, I, Dr. Williams, have made neurology my life's work. My passion and fascination for this field of medicine has been beneficial to many legal professionals who have sought my help as an expert witness for medical cases. Vernon B. Williams, MD, Inc. can provide you with the reliable medical insight you need.

For more information about my neurology expertise and services, please contact me today!

  • Latest Health Insights
    Learn and explore our blogs and updates about sports neurology and pain medicine. Education is power & we are here to empower.
  • Visual & Audio Insights
    With years of practice and featured stories, watch our informative videos to gain a deeper understanding of our services and recent discoveries.
  • Recognized Excellence
    We are trained and sharing our knowledge. Stay updated with the latest advancements and knowledge from recent discoveries.

Contact Vernon B. Williams, MD, Inc. Today!

A member of our team will be in touch shortly to confirm your contact details or address questions you may have.

  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.
  • By submitting, you agree to be contacted about your request & other information using automated technology. Message frequency varies. Msg & data rates may apply. Text STOP to cancel. Acceptable Use Policy