What Is a Powerball Gyroscope?


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A Powerball gyroscope is a gyroscopic exercise device that exercises the wrist, building strength in the forearm, wrist, fingers and grip. It is sometimes used in physical therapy for rehabilitating broken wrists and injuries due to repetitive strain or carpal tunnel syndrome.

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A Powerball gyroscope consists of a mass that spins inside an outer shell, which is held in the hand during exercising. As the gyroscope spins, it creates inertial resistance which fights against the user's efforts to control it, thus strengthening the user's wrists and arms. By tilting the Powerball gyroscope, the user can affect the direction and speed of the rotation.

In sports training, the Powerball gyroscope is used to increase grip strength for sports like rock climbing, rugby and gymnastics. The faster the gyroscope spins, the more grip strength is needed to grasp the ball against the increasing resistance. Use of the Powerball also increases forearm strength for sports like golf or tennis and allows for symmetrical forearm control and stability. The Powerball gyroscope can also be used to build biceps or as a warmup tool.

Because the Powerball gyroscope is a non-impact device and allows resistance work without injury, it is useful in joint rehabilitation of the wrist. It is also useful for treatment of repetitive stress injuries, numbness caused by carpal tunnel syndrome, epicondylitis, fractured arms and wrists, tennis elbow, bursitis, and shoulder injuries.

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