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Fallproof!-2nd Edition

Fallproof!-2nd Edition

A Comprehensive Balance and Mobility Training Program

$117.95 CAD


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    The second edition of FallProof! continues to be the only text to address the multiple dimensions that contribute to balance and mobility. By exploring the reasons underlying falls, readers gain the knowledge to offer more comprehensive assessment and programming. This research-based approach is field tested and has shown considerable success in a range of instructional settings, including community-based and residential care environments.

    The FallProof! program is customizable for individual clients, with exercise progressions for early, middle, and late class modules. In addition, it offers the following benefits:

    • Flexibility. Program participants can engage in group activities that take into account their individual abilities so that the program is not too easy or too difficult for them.

    • Guidance. Safe and easy ways of presenting each of the program’s exercise components are illustrated, addressing issues ranging from safety concerns to the best ways to offer feedback to participants.

    • Supplemental materials. Reproducible health, assessment, and program-related questionnaires help instructors gather crucial information for effective programming.

    • Results. The FallProof! program has been proven to reduce the risk of falling in participants who’ve completed one or more rotations of the program.

    Now packaged with a DVD, this second edition makes the information in the text applicable to real situations. The bound-in DVD shows how to administer key screening and assessment tests, demonstrates selected exercise progressions for the major program modules, and features a sample FallProof! class session in action.


    Reference for exercise specialists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and recreational therapists working with older adults in community-based centers or rehabilitation settings. Text for upper-undergraduate, graduate, and certification courses in balance and mobility training, assessment, and programming for older adults.

    Part I. The Theory Behind the Program

    Chapter 1. Understanding Balance and Mobility

    What Is Balance?


    Postural Control Strategies for Controlling Balance

    Multiple Systems Contribute to Balance and Mobility

    Age-Associated Changes in the Systems Contributing to Balance and Mobility

    Case Studies


    Test Your Understanding

    Practical Problems

    Chapter 2. Why Do Many Older Adults Fall?

    Multiple Factors Cause Falls

    Effects of Common Medical Conditions

    Effect of Medications on Balance and Mobility

    Fear of Falling

    Are the Risks the Same for All Older Adults?

    Practical Implications for Program Planning


    Test Your Understanding

    Practical Problems

    Part II. The FallProof Program for Improving Balance and Mobility

    Chapter 3. Screening and Assessment

    Health and Physical Activity Patterns

    Assessing Functional Ability

    Assessing Fall Risk

    Assessing the Multiple Dimensions of Balance and Mobility


    Test Your Understanding

    Practical Problems

    Chapter 4. Center-of-Gravity Control Training

    Seated Balance Activities

    Standing Balance Activities

    Floor-to-Standing Transfers


    Test Your Understanding

    Practical Problems

    Chapter 5. Multisensory Training

    Forcing the Use of the Somatosensory System to Control Balance

    Forcing the Use of the Visual System to Control Balance

    Forcing the Use of the Vestibular System to Control Balance

    Exercises Coordinating Eye and Head Movements


    Test Your Understanding

    Practical Problems

    Chapter 6. Postural Strategy Training

    Practice Requirements

    Progressive Exercise Activities


    Test Your Understanding

    Practical Problems

    Chapter 7. Gait Pattern Enhancement and Variation Training

    Overview of the Gait Cycle

    Mechanisms Controlling Gait

    Age-Associated Changes in Gait

    Effect of Pathology on the Gait Pattern

    Gait Pattern Enhancement and Variation Training

    Culminating Activities


    Test Your Understanding

    Practical Problems

    Chapter 8. Strength and Endurance Training

    Selected Upper-Body Strength Exercises

    Selected Lower-Body Strength Exercises

    Selected Exercises for the Foot and Toes


    Test Your Understanding

    Practical Problems

    Chapter 9. Flexibility Training

    Selected Neck and Upper-Body Flexibility Exercises

    Selected Lower-Body Flexibility Exercises


    Test Your Understanding

    Practical Problems

    Part III. Implementing the FallProof Program

    Chapter 10. Setting the Stage for Learning

    Understanding the Stages of Learning

    Understanding Different Learning Styles

    Introducing the Skill Being Learned

    Identifying and Correcting Errors in Performance


    Test Your Understanding

    Practical Problems

    Chapter 11. Program Planning and Class Management Techniques

    Following the Initial Assessment

    Setting Individual Program Goals

    Before Each Class Session

    During Each Class Session

    Between Class Sessions

    After Each Follow-Up Assessment

    Communicating With Class Participants


    Test Your Understanding

    Practical Problems

    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 inOlder 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.