2.4 Proprioceptors in Maintaining Balance and Body Coordination


2.4 Proprioceptors in Maintaining Balance and Body Coordination

1. The sense which helps us to detect position and movement of the limbs by using proprioceptors is known as the kinaesthetic sense.


2. Proprioceptor is a group of highly sensitive stretch receptors in muscle, tendons and ligaments.

3. Proprioceptors function to maintain body balance, body posture and coordinate the muscular activities.

4. Proprioceptors are important because they are sensitive to being stretched, twisted or compressed. They act as sensory organs.

5. Proprioceptors are able to respond to stimuli and send out nervous impulses along their nerves to the central nervous system.

6. Proprioceptors enable us to know the movement of our limbs without having to watch them.

7. Examples of activities which are helped by kinaesthetic senses are:
         (a)  Playing piano
         (b)  Cycling
         (c)  Rock climbing
         (d)  Wearing shirt
         (e)  Clapping hands
         (f)   Tying shoe laces without looking