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What is Coordination? Balance and Coordination Exercises

Coordination is the ability to move arms, legs, and other body parts in a controlled manner. For athletes, coordination is essential to improve their training performance and consistently achieve better results. For example, when a football player runs from one end of the court to the other, he needs coordination to avoid opponents and catch the ball. The same goes for a tennis player or a boxer avoiding a direct hit. Now let's explain what is coordination and why coordination power is important in training in a little more detail.

Why is Coordination Important for Athletes?

Coordination training helps with many aspects of athletes' health and well-being. They improve their technique and form, improve their mood and mental health, and even combat the risks of injury. Therefore, fitness, endurance, mobility, core regionWhile all exercises that develop strength and muscle development are important, coordination training should not be overlooked.

Benefits of balance and coordination exercises as the basis of many sports activities:

  • It helps build more muscle.
  • Increases daily energy levels.
  • Improves agility and flexibility.
  • It improves balance.
  • It strengthens our reflexes.
  • It improves concentration and memory.
  • It stimulates the release of endorphins.

In fact, it is essential for athletes to use their balance, control and coordination for all-round performance and endurance. However, we share with you five different balance and coordination exercises that can help you improve your training, performance and overall fitness.

Balance and Coordination Exercises

Improve Coordination by Skipping Rope

This classic and most familiar coordination exercise allows you to synchronize your hand, foot and eye movements. In addition, jumping rope not only improves your hand-eye coordination, but also improves your foot speed. It teaches you to control your body and keep your rhythm. You can easily improve your coordination and balance by jumping rope.

jump rope coordination exercise
jump rope coordination movement

Try to Balance

An important part of your coordination training is balance. These static balance moves help you perform a wide variety of physical activities, such as walking and squatting. Start by standing on both feet for a balance move. Then, lift one leg back and lean forward to form a 90-degree angle. Remember, the longer you can maintain your balance, the better your coordination will improve. For added challenge, hold a dumbbell in each hand while keeping your weight on one leg. You can do 10-12 reps before switching to the other leg.

Coordination and balance exercises

Practice Ball Shooting

While it may seem easy to train with a magic ball, it is a challenging task as time goes on. As a practice, first take a large ball in your hand and start by hitting the wall slowly and accurately. Proceed slowly, away from the target, that is, the wall. For additional difficulty, you can also try looking back, turning quickly and then hitting the wall.

coordination ball movement
Gain coordination by throwing balls at the targetma

Reinforce Your Coordination with Dribbling Exercises

Hand dribbling helps you improve your control and rhythm. Also, dribbling will train you to concentrate on the ball, speed and find the right angles. Did you know that basketball players are among the athletes with the highest coordination level?

what is coordination dribbling
Coordination dribbling exercise

In this article, we talked in detail about what coordination is and how to achieve a better form with coordination exercises. It is now in your hands to prevent injuries and pain and increase training performance. Stay healthy and sports!

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Volkan Dinçer, a graduate of Marmara University BESYO, was born in 1992. Volkan, who started sports at a young age, worked as a PT in various fitness centers after graduation and currently continues to work as a personal fitness trainer in a gym.

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