Playing Catch Can Improve Balance and Prevent Falls – Smilecast 94

Playing Catch Good for Balance

The simple training exercise of catching a weighted medicine ball can improve balance and may help prevent falls in the elderly, according to research at the University of Illinois at Chicago. When someone is jostled by a bump or a stumble, the brain uses two strategies to maintain balance and prevent a fall. You brace yourself then you take corrective ‰action to prevent losing your balance. Most people have very positive memories associated with playing catch.