Base Of Support

Base of support (BoS) - refers to the area beneath an object or person, and the area within the perimeter created by every point of contact that the object or person makes with the supporting surface. This may include the glutes of someone sitting on a chair, or the back of someone leaning against a wall.
  • For example, during a single leg balance the BoS is the area of the foot in contact with the surface; however, when a person is standing on two feet, the BoS is the area of both feet and the surface between them.

Related Terms

  • Center of mass (CoM)
  • Balance control
  • Postural control
  • Stability limits
  • Weight shifting


  • BoS
  • Support
  • Base