mob 3 e1532990171674 Stability


1 : the quality, state, or degree of being stable: such as
a : the strength to stand or endure : firmness
b : the property of a body that causes it when disturbed from a condition of equilibrium or steady motion to develop forces or moments that restore the original condition
c : resistance to chemical change or to physical disintegration
synonyms: firmness · solidity · steadiness · secureness · strength · fastness · stoutness · sturdiness · security · safety · balance



STABILITY is, with respect to the rehabilitation process at Streamline Sports Physical Therapy, the ability of any joint, group of joints, limb, or body region to resist any internal or external forces from any expected or unexpected perturbations/sources and maintain and restore the homeostatic (original) stable position. STABILITY is even more complex than MOBILITY; not only must mobility first be present in order to achieve stability, but within the newly achieved mobility, stability must be developed first statically, and then dynamically. The process of teaching all active structures at any single, progressing to multiple, joints are complex and multi-factorial, and each individual patient has different strengths and weakness and learns differently. But, better movement patterns and effective strength and power development cannot be achieved without first developing stability. As a result, the effective training of stability within each joint and the body as a functional unit is of the utmost importance.

At STREAMLINE SPORTS PHYSICAL THERAPY, methods of restoring and regaining STABILITY include:

  • Isolated, single-joint static stability training (the most simple form)
  • Progression to multi-joint and body region stability training, with progression from static to dynamic training
  • Focused therapeutic exercise and neuromuscular training techniques at each required joint and body area
  • Effective application of the above techniques into movement patterns