The “BlackBoard Training System” provides a revolutionary capability for training specific movement patterns of the foot, strengthening neuronal connections, and reintegrating them into everyday life.
Because its two connected platforms can move independently, it allows isolating specific movements of the forefoot and rear foot for training. The movement axes can be placed freely, which in addition to mobilization also supports targeted activation and strengthening of certain (perhaps deficient) muscle groups.
THE CREATORS BEHIND BLACKBOARD
Their idea didn’t come out of the blue.
Sports scientist Gregor Stumpf and physiotherapist Lars Grandjot met while working together at a physiotherapy office in Cologne. They would notice on a daily basis that patients’ muscles and ankles weren’t in the best of shape. Lars could relate to this based on personal experience. After twisting his ankle one day, he suffered for years, unable to find a permanent solution. So, they started to look for a new treatment method, one that could activate and mobilize the entire arch of a foot. After two years of working closely with athletes, patients, and orthopedics, gathering experiences and fine-tuning their concept, they developed the idea of BlackBoard. Their therapeutic success proved that they were on the right track. Since then, the BlackBoard has enjoyed success among therapists, because it offers them entirely new approaches to help patients with long-term pain. Even athletes gladly accepted training with a BlackBoard, so they could gain more strength and agility.
“We want to get people back on sound footing to give them more mobility and a better quality of life.”
OUR FEET – ADVANTAGES TO SOLID FOOTING
Free your feet – balance your body!
Feet play a supporting role in the true sense of the word. Day after day, they help cushion our steps and efficiently transform energy while running. Feet are the foundation of a well-balanced anatomy and are responsible for the proper functioning of our knees, hips, and spine. That is why the source of so many lengthy pain issues can be found in our feet.
Here’s to more movement! (in your feet)
A healthy and agile foot is enormously important – for athletes and those who simply like to move a lot. The skeleton of the foot is made up of 28 bones and 33 joints, which makes it very complex. Horizontal and vertical torsions provide strength, balance, and stability. A rigid sole, high heels, or tight shoes are only three examples of the ways we limit our natural range of motion. Over time, joints and muscles wither away, which may lead to misalignment and overexertion. If the foundation isn’t stable, it effects other areas of the body.
SUCCESS IN A FEW STEPS
Everyone benefits from a foot with an intact arch. The BlackBoard strengthens and mobilizes affected regions in the foot with its innovative approach, regardless if it’s for prevention or rehabilitation. It’s for those interested in better performance, sure-footedness, and a confident presence.
As a complementary intervention, the BlackBoard provides beneficial support for:
• Talipes valgus (outward turning of the heel), flat feet, and high arches
• Balance issues due to instability in the ankle joints
• Pain or other problems in the plantar fascia
• Pain in the Achilles tendon area
• Pain in the metatarsophalangeal joints
• Muscular tension and cramping
BlackBoard treats the root causes
Mobilizing ankles and reactivating muscles are achievable goals with the BlackBoard. The enclosed exercise routine is a guideline on how to improve motor skills with just a few minutes of training. Those who regularly train the natural movement patterns of the foot have a better cushion while running, can convert kinetic energy more efficiently, and benefit from more stability and balance. With BlackBoard, you can enjoy a light-footed and healthy jog through life.
Our movement apparatus comprises very different structures, including muscles, joints, ligaments, connecting tissue, and the central nervous system, to name just a few. To achieve maximum performance, each of these structures needs to be healthy and in perfect working condition. For instance, a strong muscle can never deliver its full strength if the tendon that connects it to the bone is causing pain due to an inflammation. The same holds true for any other structure involved in body movements. The speed strength cascade shows the order in which the individual components of a movement take place.
A black board for more stability
Our feet essentially form the foundation on which our body moves. A wider foundation makes our body more stable; and athletes need an especially strong foundation because they demand instant turns and rotations, changes in direction, accelerations, and stops from their body. That kind of motor performance cannot be achieved without a strong foundation.
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