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Can Balance Training Promote Balance and Strength in Prepubertal Children?

Urs Granacher, Thomas Muehlbauer, Lea Maestrini, Lukas Zahner and Alberet Gollhofer

Purpose: To investigate the impact of balance training (BT) followed by detraining on postural control, plantar flexor strength, and jumping height in prepubertal children.

Conclusions: Other training regimen (e.g., resistance training) should be applied alone or in combination with BT, which may have the potential to promote balance and strength in children.

IN PLAIN ENGLISH: Balance is specific to the task at hand, and increasing strength can improve one’s ability to exhibit balance skills due to the activation of stronger musculature, independent of the actual skill set required.

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