FallProof!: A Comprehensive Balance and Mobility Training Program / Edition 2

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This brand new edition presents the first multi-dimensional approach to the problem of balance and stability in frail elders. This approach systematically manipulates the individual's internal capabilities, the goals of the task being performed and the environment in which the task is to be undertaken.

This approach has been field-tested by fitness instructors and rehabilitative specialists and other activity professionals working in a diverse range of instructional settings, including community-based and residential care settings, with considerable success. This award-winning programme provides comprehensive balance and mobility programme training for health and physical activity professionals working with at-risk older adults.

This second edition will build on the solid theoretical foundation, update content and references where appropriate and add new material, including a section on how to prioritise screening and assessment tests, scheduling of subsequent tests and how to organise testing in a group environment. Also featured are exercise progressions for early, middle and late class modules suitable for each core component of the Fallproof! Programme.

Also new to this edition is the addition of a DVD to demonstrate how to administer and modify key screening and assessment tests, show the exercise progressions for the major programme modules and provides a sample class in action showing how to put it all together.

Marketing & Promotions

Featured at various fitness and sport medicine events throughout the UK and Europe Including Fit Pro, BASRAT Clinical Symposium and the Symposium on Posture and Pain.

Mailing to fitness instructors, physiotherapists and other healthcare professionals.

E-mail marketing campaign to contacts interested in fitness and health.

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
Reviewer:Barbara Jean Billek-Sawhney, PT, EdD, GCS(Slippery Rock University)
Description:This book presents the balance and mobility program developed by the author, a co-director of the Center for Successful Aging at California State University at Fullerton.
Purpose:The purpose of the book is to serve as a "resource for experienced health care professionals and physical activity instructors" who want to develop and implement programs addressing balance and mobility in older adults. These objectives are commendable, especially considering the depth and breadth of material on the topics of fall risks, assessment, and interventions. The book fails to meet the needs of physical therapists, but may prove valuable to physical activity instructors such as aerobic instructors who practice in geriatrics.
Audience:According to the author, the audience is "experienced health care professionals and physical activity instructors." From my point of view, the market is primarily fitness instructors who practice in the areas of geriatrics and entry-level physical therapist assistant students. In addition, it may be of benefit for the orthopedic or outpatient physical therapist who is interested in developing geriatric wellness programs. The author attained her PhD in 1985 in the area of motor control and motor learning.
Features:The book is divided into three sections with the first section addressing theory and falls in the elderly. The second presents screening and assessment tools and training strategies addressing topics such as center-of-gravity, multisensory, strength, and flexibility training, while thethird part focuses on implementing the Fall Proof program. Illustrations and photographs, the progression of training exercises, and the easy-to-read writing style are strengths of book. Other unique features include the definitions, chapter tests, and practical problems. However, some material is outdated or incomplete. For example, supersensory strategies are not addressed. Comprehensive physical assessments of clients are essential, yet not covered here. Specifically, strength, range of motion, posture, and endurance assessments are critical when identifying risk factors for falls. In addition, the section on osteoporosis addresses the high risk for the Caucasian female but fails to address the Asian female, individuals who take steroids, have a calcium poor diet, are physically inactive, smoke, or consume excessive alcohol or caffeine. These omissions may lead the reader to ignore these risk factors.
Assessment:This book may be of value for fitness instructors or individuals developing a fall prevention program, but it is too basic for the entry-level physical therapist student. For that segment of the market, there are several neurorehabilitation and geriatric physical therapy books that address balance, postural control, and fall prevention.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736067478
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/2/2009
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 314
  • Sales rank: 286,152
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Debra Rose, PhD, is a professor in the division of kinesiology and health science and director of the Center for Successful Aging at California State University at Fullerton. She also serves as codirector of the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence at the University of Southern California. Her primary research focus is on the enhancement of mobility and the prevention of falls in later years.

Dr. Rose is nationally and internationally recognized for her work in assessment and programming for fall risk reduction. Her research in fall risk reduction in the elderly has been published in numerous peer-reviewed publications, including the Journal of the American Geriatric Society, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Neurology Report, and the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. She was an expert contributor to the Global Report on Falls Prevention in Older Age published by the World Health Organization in 2007.

The innovative fall risk reduction program she developed and describes in this manual was recognized by the Health Promotion Institute of the National Council on Aging (NCOA) in 2006 as a “Best Practice” program in health promotion. This program is currently being implemented in numerous community-based settings and retirement communities throughout the United States. The NCOA also awarded Debra the Molly Mettler award for Leadership in Health Promotion for her work in the area of fall risk reduction in 2007.

Debra is a fellow of the Research Consortium of AAHPERD, a fellow of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education, former executive board member of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, and past editor in chief of the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Understanding Balance and Mobility

Chapter 2 Why Do Many Older Adults Fall?

Chapter 3 Screening and Assessment

Chapter 4 Center-of-Gravity (COG) Control Training

Chapter 5 Multisensory Training

Chapter 6 Postural Strategy Training

Chapter 7 Gait Pattern Enhancement and Variation Training

Chapter 8 Strength and Endurance Training

Chapter 9 Flexibility Training

Chapter 10 Setting the Stage for Learning

Chapter 11 Program Planning and Class Management Techniques

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  • Posted February 21, 2014

    Fall Proof is Fool Proof!

    Fall Proof is a comprehensive program for the fitness instructor to help their clients maintain and regain balance as they enter the "Golden Years". With the aging population growing quickly with the Baby Boomers this is an essential book for anyone in the fitness field.

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