Will balance training help me improve my athletic performance?

Yes, balance training can help to improve athletic performance.  Research has demonstrated improved muscle reaction times, sprint times, and leg strength after incorporating balance training into an exercise routine.  Improved muscle reaction, sprinting ability, and strength are all desirable outcomes that can lead to enhanced athletic performance by allowing an individual to respond more quickly and with more speed during a sports activity.
Absolutely! Most athletic endeavors demand some sort of balancing act, I mean walking is a balancing act if you think about it. Now image running, making quick changes in direction, spinning, diving, jumping, hopping, and everything in between. Having great balance an make the difference in making that lay up, taking an extra shove from a DB, or spinning in a discus throw/ hammer throw (that one was for me.)

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