Eric Cressey published this article on T-Nation and it’s worth your time to read it. He will uncover the myths of “balance training” in strength training for sports.
I particularly enjoyed his comments about stability training.
“So, I guess the question is why bother doing this stuff if there really isn’t any evidence to suggest that it directly improves performance? I could take the “it may lead to injury” perspective, but I think that the “why waste your time?” mindset is far superior. Of course, if you’re training with unstable surfaces just for comedic value, carry on.”
Also consider that Eric is an expert on the subject completing his Masters Degree at UConn which very well may be the top Exercise Science Program in the country.
“I’ve spent a good chunk of the last five years studying unstable surface training (UST). In fact, the results of my master’s thesis were published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research in 2007, and I’ve written an entire e-book about the topic.”
Hockey players, just because you skate on two thin blades doesn’t mean that you should spend your entire life training on them. There’s a time and place and that’s on the ice!
Here’s the article, enjoy!
Bulletproof That Back
by Eric Cressey