Originally Posted by cantunamunch
Doesn't greater muscle strength improve coordination for the same task,
simply because less neural stimulus is required for fewer muscle cells active?
Maybe... strength is just one of the many components of balance and coordination. If you are strengthening on a Nautilus bench press for example, it can only go up and down, compared to a free weight bench press, which can move in many different directions. The ability to balance strength wise, requires that the muscles contract around a joint and make it stable in all directions.
Balance as defined by Athletic Injuries and Rehabilitation, Zachazewski, Magee, Quillen; "The ability to maintain a state of equalibrium in which the body's center of gravity is over the base of support. Balance incorporates visual, vestibular, and proprioceptive information and requires the ability to coordinate these sources of stimulation. In addition, Berg describes balance as the abilty to maintain position, move voluntarily, and react to a perturbation."