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Somatosensory Evaluation and Care

Somatosensory System Evaluations

The somatosensory system is essential for balance recovery, hand-eye coordination with stick handling and passing skills as well as proprioception, the ability to sense the position and movement of an object. A poor system negatively affects everyday activities and sports performance. Optimizing this system is extremely valuable to support the ability to sense when and where you need to be as well predict next moves.

Sensory neurons and pathways make up the somatosensory nerve system. Thus, somatosensory system provides the ability to recognize things you hear, feel, and see through multiple tests at the surface or inside the body. If this system is faulty, your ability to interpret things is slow or inaccurate as this is part of brain that takes the environment and makes sense out of it.

Spatial awareness is about how you respond to the environment or an obstacle. Coordinated people know where they are in space. But coordination is negatively affected not just through balance systems, but thorough somatosensory system that is off or has a slowed environment interpretation can still lead to injury.

Simplified: Consider running. Most people have no need to look down while they are running as their somatosensory system is functioning in that the brain acknowledges the environment and surrounding variables. However, if the somatosensory system is malfunctions, the brain doesn't respond quickly to change or variables in the environment such as an unexpected play, uneven surface on the playing field or player closing in. Optimizing this system is extremely valuable to support the ability to sense when and where you need to be as well predict next moves.

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