Wobble board available in all kinds of shapes and sizes, but did you know what really matters is the tilt angle and material?
Below we have put together this comprehensive guide to choosing the right balance board for your needs, dependent on age, skill level and budget.
Wobble board or Balance Boards or Rock?
Balance boards (less commonly known as wobble boards) are all available with various degrees of the tilt angle. Wobble Boards have a dome-shaped base which enables you tip and tilt the board 360 degrees. The use of a balance board can help to retrain your sense of balance after injury preventing further injury and ensuring a speedy return to sport.
If the 360-degree movement of a balance board is too challenging consider a rocker board, rocker boards perform a similar role in exercise and rehabilitation but only allow tilting movement along one axis or direction making them significantly easier to use.
Balance or wobble boards form a useful accompaniment to posture improvement, as well as abdominal and trunk strengthening and increased tone in the quadriceps, hamstrings and calf muscles. Anyone who suffers from arthritic joints or who has undergone knee surgery (including cartilage and ligament operations) would benefit from using these boards to facilitate proprioceptive re-education. Many other exercises can also be carried out using balance boards including press-ups which help with shoulder stabilisation and strengthening.
What makes a balance board easier or harder to use?
There are three main factors that can affect how difficult a board is to use, the first being the size of the surface area that the underside of the board has when in contact with the ground. Ultimately, the larger the surface area of the ‘dome’ (that is in contact with the floor) of a wobble board when placed on the ground – the easier it is to use. This is because it has a flatter area and will not ‘wobble’ quite so much.
Another factor is the tilt angle. The tilt angle is the greatest angle that the board creates when the user steps onto the board and tips the board so that the edge touches the ground. The bigger the tilt angle the more difficult it is to use, however, the level of difficulty is still ultimately determined by the surface area as outlined above. Remember – just because there is a large tilt angle doesn’t necessarily mean that it is very difficult to use!
Finally, the third factor can be the size of the wobble/balance board. To a certain extent, this is purely down to preference – people with big feet don’t want to be standing on a small board!
Which Wobble/Balance Board do I choose?