OT Corner: It’s All About That Base

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Our proprioceptive sense and heavy work!

My daughter is a cheerleader and she is a base.  She is responsible with 4 other teammates to lift their flyer in the air.  That requires a lot of strength! At practice, they do it over and over again to get it perfected.  As an Occupational Therapist, I am often recommending “heavy work”.  Heavy work is any activity that involves using your muscles working against gravity or resistance.

This is all part of our proprioceptive sense.  Our what!  That is a big word.  You can now use it to impress your friends.  Proprioception is the sense of where our bodies are and how much pressure or force we have to use to move an object.  The receptors for proprioception are found in ligaments, joints, muscles, tendons and connective tissue.  If you have good proprioception you know where your body is in space.  Think of the football receiver that can jump up, catch the ball and land with his feet in bounds.  That is excellent

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