Fitness, Vision & Balance: Why People Fall

From the Show: The Wizard of Eyes
Summary: What do vision and balance have in common?
Air Date: 12/21/15
Duration: 10
Host: Robert Abel, Jr., MD
Guest Bio: David Lightcap, NASM, FSM
David LightcapDavid Lightcap is the founder and owner of Lightcap Fitness Studios located at 800 Woodlawn Ave. in Wilmington, DE. David is a native Delawarian born and raised in Wilmington, attended Salesainum High School where he excelled in Football and Track & Field before attending West Virginia University, graduating with his B.S. in Physical Education. He was a preferred walk-on for the WVU football team and earned an athletic scholarship for his final three years. After graduating, he started his personal training career immediately, having obtained his PT Certification from the National Personal Training Institute. Upon graduation from NPTI, he was offered a teaching position to certify new personal trainers. While teaching, he also worked at Core Fitness as a private personal trainer. From there he was offered the Personal Training & Athletic Coordinator at the Siegel JCC in Wilmington, DE. After a successful five years at the JCC it was time to start Lightcap Fitness Studios.
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Fitness, Vision & Balance: Why People Fall
Have you ever suddenly fallen, sprained your ankle and tried to just "walk it off"? 

Your lifelong physical history and previous injuries play a important role in your proprioception, which is defined as "the unconscious perception of movement and spatial orientation arising from stimuli within the body itself."

If you have a weak core or previous broken bones, you can get your balance back by getting proper physical therapy and strength training with a trained professional.

Fitness Analyst, David Lightcap, discusses our dependence on vision to maintain balance.