Rethinking Proprioceptive Training & Ankle Instability

by Emily Splichal |   Date Released : 13 Dec 2012
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Emily Splichal

About the author: Emily Splichal

Dr. Emily Splichal, Podiatrist and Human Movement Specialist, is the Founder of the Evidence Based Fitness Academy. With over 10 years in the fitness industry, Dr. Splichal has dedicated her medical career towards studying postural alignment and human movement as it relates to foot posture and foot strength. Dr Splichal is expert lecturer and TV personality with appearances on Oprah Winfrey, The Today Show & Good Day NY. Dr Splichal is sought after for her expertise in barefoot training, foot health and postural alignment.

Degrees/Certifications: Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), Master's in Public Health (Fall Reduction), M.S. Human Movement, NASM-CES, NSCA – CPT

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Splichal, Emily | 02 Feb 2013, 20:56 PM

Thank you for reaching my article and commenting! When we look at barefoot science and proprioceptive training - you want to train on surfaces that allow the greatest plantar skin / ground contact. So think of the astroturf, hardwood surfaces as better than an airex pad or yoga mat.

In a typical gym setting you can take advantage of barefoot training on a dyna disc upside down, barefoot perturbation training, barefoot training with the eyes closed (obviously this will be done carefully).

Remember that training in socks is not sufficient - you do want all shoes, socks removed. I typically do this in the group exercise classrooms or in designated PT areas. Hope this helps!

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Chadwick, Teri | 30 Jan 2013, 17:31 PM

Great article! If you have any other methods for training mechanoreceptors, especially those exercises using equipment readily available at most gyms (like the dyna disc), I would appreciate knowing them. We do not have a vibration plate nor do we have the means for taping our clients here at the Y. Thanks for any further tried and true ideas you may have.

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