Portrait Kevin Grafen

Kevin Grafen

Sports scientist, trainer, author

Kevin Grafen is an experienced sports scientist who specializes in the field of functional neurology in the USA.

He now not only passes on his knowledge to physiotherapists and trainers nationwide, but also as a respected trainer for renowned associations such as the German Gymnastics Association, the German Karate Association and Physio Germany. As the author of various works on the subject of neurocentric training and a sought-after speaker, he regularly inspires audiences at conferences with his in-depth specialist knowledge and innovative approaches to applied neurology.

Better posture and good balance through neurocentric training

The role of the brain stem, visual and vestibular systems on reflexive stability

More and more people suffer from falls in old age, which can lead to serious injuries. This is a serious problem that not only significantly reduces the quality of life of those affected, but also places a burden on their families and the health system. While conventional training approaches to improving posture and balance are often based on non-specific exercises such as balancing on unstable surfaces, they tend to neglect the deeper neurological aspects.

These approaches focus more on muscular work and proprioceptive stimuli, which only addresses part of the complex system that regulates our posture and balance. However, when we step back and look at the neurological control of stability and balance, we recognize the crucial role of the brain stem. This region of our brain controls reflexive movements that are crucial for responding immediately to changes in balance.

This is where neurocentric training comes in. Instead of focusing solely on strengthening muscles to improve posture, this workshop will show how we can use the eyes and vestibular apparatus as input channels for activating the brainstem and thus improving reflexive stability. In this post, we will discuss how a variety of training mechanisms, particularly visual and vestibular interventions, can be used to specifically activate the brainstem. We will explore how these approaches can improve reflexive stability and thus minimize the risk of falls. Participants will learn how to translate these findings into practical training strategies aimed at quickly and effectively improving balance, posture and stability.

The aim of this workshop is to provide professionals with the tools necessary to develop a deeper understanding of the neurological basis of posture and balance and to integrate this knowledge into their work with clients of all ages in order to maintain and promote their quality of life.