The Balance Scan consists of a series of balance trials and is utilized to assess balance, stability, and proprioception.
Balance ability is related to performance and injury risk across numerous populations and can be reliably measured utilizing the Balance Scan. This scan specifically measures an individual's ability to stabilize holistically, by looking at two critical force-time variables - Sway and Control. Balance capabilities are not static nor inherent. They can be improved through exercise and can be adversely impacted by a variety of different underlying physical ailment.
Research has shown balance ability to be a valid indicator for higher risk of lower limb injury in athletes as well as fall-risk in general populations. It can even serve as an early warning sign of Parkinson's disease and diabetes! Our ability to balance utilizes complex interactions between different systems of the body. Functions from our nervous system (brain), musculoskeletal system (muscles/bones), and vestibular system (inner ear) can all be analyzed simply from the Balance Scan. These findings show that balance tests can be utilized as a reliable and valid assessment of human movement capability.
The Balance Scan also has the benefit of being an extremely low intensity assessment. Elderly, injured, or post-injury individuals who may not be cleared for dynamic assessment are often able to perform a balance test. In the rehabilitative setting, this allows for a much earlier objective assessment of the individual and can help to guide rehab protocols as well as track progress. Balance assessments are also often utilized in the clinical setting after a concussion or traumatic brain injury (TBI) to assess progress and compare with pre-injury or database thresholds for healthy individuals. Balance tasks can be utilized by geriatric, sedentary, or immobile individuals who may be unable to or uncomfortable performing more dynamic assessments.