REVOREHAB - Vol. 1 - Balance

The Y Balance Exercise

A dynamic single leg balance test

This is a simple and reliable test to compare left and right sides for ankle flexibility, core and lower limb control as well as single leg strength

It can be used as a return to sport test or as part of a single leg balance/ proprioception program. 

How to do the exercise:

·      Place hands on hips

·      Bring one foot forward as far as possible, tap the ground without losing balance and return to the starting position

·      The athlete then reaches 45 degrees in a posterolateral direction and completes the same toe tap then returns to the starting position

·      They then reach 45 degrees in a posteromedical direction (bowling pose) and return to the start

·      Compare the distances of left and right in each direction

·      As an exercise athletes can complete 3-5 reps on one foot, then complete on the other side

Make sure each direction is symmetrical to reduce your risk of future injury and a safe return to sport!

Check out an earlier blog from Dan on the importance of ankle mobility here.