These days they are in every sports store and most athletes are wearing them. So how does a rubber band make you stronger and increase your balance? The answer is very simple… magic tricks from a sales person!
When a sales person is trying to sell you a power band they will get you to do a balance test. The test involves standing on one leg with your arms out and someone pushing down on your arm. The test is done first without the powerband and then repeated while you are wearing the band. Miraculously you will be able to balance better with the magic device known as the powerband!
Funnily enough this increased balance is not magic energy running through your body but a simple trick. During the first part of the test the sales person will push slightly out and away from the centre of gravity, hence the subject will fall quite easily. Now give the subject the magic device and push down towards the person’s centre of gravity they will then be able to balance much better. Also they will push down harder on the second part of the test which looks quite impressive to the on looker however it is actually causing an advantage. The harder you press down the more anchored the body is to the ground, therefore they are able to balance better.
The Hawthorne effect is a form of reactivity whereby subjects improve or modify an aspect of their behavior being experimentally measured simply in response to the fact that they are being studied, not in response to any particular experimental manipulation. In short, you learn how to manipulate the test.
So there you have it, save your $60 for something else that actually works! Although I believe they do look cool, so it might be worth getting the cheaper version and look fashionable, or go with a fundraising version. At least they are not posing as something they are not and the money is going to a good cause.
Or if the placebo effect of you believing they are helping you out and there for they are works for you keep wearing them! Who are we to tell you that’s not good enough! What ever gives you the belief to perform at your best stick to it.
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Thought I would update this post with a funny photo I took on Friday night… It seems if you are in the market for a Power Balance Power Band and you have been able to wait it out this long you’ve done well. Looks like you will be able to pick up one of these beauties for a bargain $4.99. Interesting considering they were at around the $60 mark before they were shown to be ineffective. – Luke Scott
OK – I decided that given that a picture is worth a thousand words… Ah you’ll get the drift.
I would love some more examples of how far these things got… Please post more photos!