In competition, the difference between victory and defeat is often very small. If you participate in athletic or sports activities then your priority is maximizing the talent you have. Learning Breakthrough is an incredible tool that will give you a critical edge.

There are certain characteristics that all successful athletes have: the ability to evaluate information and make the right decision quickly, excellent balance and control of their bodies, good timing, the ability to execute quick, precise movements, and excellent peripheral vision. All of these processes are dependent upon proprioception. Proprioception can be defined as the awareness of movement and body position. It is sometimes also defined as the body’s joint positioning system. Effective proprioceptive processes are dependent upon the ability of the brain to integrate information from all of the sensory systems including feedback from muscles and joints, vision, the tactile sense (touch/pressure) and the sense of balance or vestibular system.

The Learning Breakthrough Program can stimulate sensory integration, spatial awareness, and the sense of balance. These tools not only help you to gain the edge necessary for success, proprioceptive training also reduces the incidence of ankle sprain. A study of Italian soccer players1 found that proprioceptive training that included balance stimulation reduced injuries by 87%, from 1.15 injuries per team in the control group to .15 injuries per team among those who had received training.

The difference between a good athlete and a great athlete is often quite small. But small improvements in performance often require huge improvements in brain efficiency. The activities that athletes engage in require the brain to develop highly complicated and efficient neural networks. For example, if a person throws a ball to a target at four meters distance, the release window for the ball leaving the hand is eleven one thousandths of a second. If the same target is moved to eight meters distance the release window decreases to .25 of one thousandth of a second. The brain requires 64 times as many neurons to fire at precisely the right time to hit the target at eight meters as it does at four meters. It becomes immediately apparent that in order for an athlete to perform at higher levels, he or she must develop increasingly larger and more efficient neural networks. The question is: how can an athlete improve the neural efficiency of the brain?

The difficulty level of the Belgau Balance board can be adjusted to challenge any athlete. It is precise and flexible and allows the program to meet the individual needs and progression of each user. As you push the envelope on your balance tolerence you push the brain to use more neural resources and this is how changes in the brain take place. Great levels of neural involvement translate to better resolution and efficiency in all your brain processing skills. As neural efficiency improves, athletic as well as cognitive performance improves.

The Learning Breakthrough Program offers you a new way to maximize your own performance or the performance of your team. It will help you to play smarter, reduce injuries, and improve motor control efficiency.

1 – Prevention of anterior cruciate ligament injuries in soccer: A prospective controlled study of proprioceptive training, A. Caraffe, G. Cerulli, M. Projetti, G. Aisa, A. Rizzo, in Knee Surgery, Sports, Traumatology, Arthroscopy, chapter 4, pp. 19-21, Springer-Verlag 1996. (This study compared a test group of 600 male soccer players who were involved in a proprioceptive training program that included balance therapy, with a control group of 300 male soccer players who received no proprioceptive training. The incidence of ACL injury per team in the control group was 1.15 injuries per year. The incidence of ACL injury per team in the test group was .15 injuries per year.)