Proprioception is the capacity of the body to determine where all it’s parts are positioned at any given time, and it plays a very important role in the world of sports. Example, close your eyes and balance on one foot. Notice how your leg muscles contract and relax to help you maintain balance.

tree-pose-on-a-block

Proprioception is also a factor in speed and direction of movement. Proprioception helps us perform better in sports and avoid injuries. We know that proprioception is more than a vague sense of where you are in space. It’s a combination of three things: (1) Balance, (2) A Sense Of Joint Position, and (3) Body Awareness. Better proprioception allows for more efficient decelerations and changes in direction for greater understanding how the body is moving during a drill or exercise, so you can perform it with perfect form.

With better proprioception, you can perform moves on and off the: court/field/ice – with much more power and strength, because you won’t waste energy and unnecessary movements by being out of position. You will also have a smaller change of injury. Instability training with props and unstable surfaces – reducing stability – (shown above, tree pose on a yoga block, with eyes closed) – you challenge your central nervous system to control your body in space, thereby improving proprioception. Make sure you can perform on solid ground, before moving to an unstable surface. For an even greater unstable environment, try with your eyes closed (next level).