Improving the overall health and core stability of older adults will, in most cases, prevent falls and perhaps serious injury. My two certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine—Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) and Senior Fitness Specialist (SFS), provides motivation to specifically help older adults improve their core stability and balance to prevent falls, and perhaps serious injury.
Sixty-six percent of senior citizens fall sometime during their golden years, and 25% of them die within a year of a hip injury from the spill and their subsequent immobile lifestyle. Those who recover develop a fear of falling again that greatly limits their physical and social activities, and their general quality of life is drastically diminished.
Older adults experience physiological changes and degeneration of the neuromuscular (automatic fall prevention) system, that can lead to loss of coordination resulting in falls or injury. The senior’s slower response speed and ability to process information, in addition to a weak core, are fundamental problems causing inefficient movement leading to predictable patterns of injury.
Research studies conducted in older adult communities and nursing homes found that exercise, including specific core-stabilization training, can reduce the risk of falling by improving physical functioning.
The ability to reduce force at the right joint at the right time, and in the right plane of motion requires optimum levels of balance and neuromuscular efficiency—just what we need to automatically make the corrections to prevent a fall and possible serious injury. Developing our core stabilization and balance through specific training is the primary focus of the Fall Prevention Training.
Without exposure to balance training, inactive older adults are at risk for falls and injury. In addition to preventing falls, balance training reduces the rate of ankle sprains and other lower extremity injuries, and can also assist in the reduction of chronic pain.
Special Offer through August: Complimentary ½ hour Assessment for Risk of Falling, performed in your home or office, or my office. Share this offer with a friend.
Call me with your referrals to nursing homes, care facilities, adult communities, etc. to teach fall prevention training techniques.