The Benefits of Vestibular Movements

Posted on July 29, 2016

Good balance is one of the most defining traits of a gymnast. A good gymnast relies on good balance to pull off their nail-biting stunts. Balance allows gymnasts to see clearly when moving, determine their orientation with regards to gravity, and make appropriate adjustments to their movements.

So what’s responsible for maintaining our body’s sense of balance? It’s all thanks to our vestibular system. The vestibular system processes our body’s relationship to the earth. It helps us know if we’re falling, leaning forward, or standing in one place. In short, it aids you in making coordinated and balanced movements.

Whether you're walking, running, or jumping, your vestibular system ensures that you can move around safely. The following are some of the great benefits gymnasts can get from constantly moving around:

Here are further examples of particular vestibular movements acquired through gymnastics:

  • Jumping
  • Leaping
  • Galloping
  • Skipping
  • Endurance
  • Concentration
  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Spatial awareness
  • Balance
  • Agility

The need for vestibular movement regulation is continuous throughout our life. So keep moving around!

Sources:

Vestibular Play https://kaboom.org/resources/build_playground_toolkit/accessibility/play_and_development/sensory_play/vestibular_play

Moving Therapy to the Gym: The Benefits of Gymnastics for Children with Autism http://blog.asha.org/2011/09/06/moving-therapy-to-the-gym-the-benefits-of-gymnastics-for-children-with-autism/