Fall Prevention Training | Corrective Exercise Spcialist | Senior Fitness Specialist | Ken Youngberg
Phone 952-807-2948
E-mail: Ken@KYTBinc.com

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Fall Prevention Training for Senior Citizens  

Momentarily you lose your balance, and instead of completing the fall, your automatic neuromuscular (fall prevention) system activates, making it possible for you to regain your balance to prevent the fall and possible injury? It happened to me last winter, and I was surprised and also grateful that my core-stabilization and balance was strong enough to prevent the fall and perhaps serious injury. It got me thinking about a few of my older clients who are at risk for falling, and a few who have suffered serious injury from a spill, and what I could do to possibly help them reduce their vulnerability. It provided the motivation for me to earn two certifications in personal training from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) as a Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) and Senior Fitness Specialist (SFS) catering to older adults, and specifically targeting fall prevention training. The ability to reduce force at the right joint at the right time, and in the right plane of motion, requires optimum levels of functional dynamic balance and neuromuscular efficiency; in other words, it's what is required to automatically regain your balance in the middle of losing it. Without exposure to balance training, inactive seniors are at risk for falling and injury. Balance training helps prevent lower extremity injuries, and reduce the rate of ankle sprains. My goal is to enhance the overall health and functional ability of older adults by improving their core stability and balance to prevent falls.

  Fall Prevention Training for Senior Citizens

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. One-third of adults over 65 experiences an accidental fall each year and approximately 25% of them die within a year of a hip injury from a fall. 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 system that can lead to loss of coordination resulting in falls or injury. The older adult'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. Few older inactive adults have a strong enough core and balance required to operate with maximal efficiency. Proprioception (a sense of subconscious perception of the movements and position of the body, especially its limbs), diminishes with aging primarily at the foot and ankle, having implications for balance, mobility, and risk for falls. In addition to bolstering core stabilization and balance with the specialized Fall Prevention Training, many overweight participants lose excess weight, add muscle tone, and improve their overall fitness level.

Fall Prevention Training for Senior Citizens  

Functional balance is a dynamic process that has to do with equilibrium, the state of balance between opposing forces or actions, and an adjustment between opposing or divergent influences or elements, requiring optimal muscular balance, joint dynamics, and neuromuscular (relationship between nerves and muscles) efficiency. Or, simply stated, when a physically fit person is placed in an unstable environment, he or she subconsciously contracts the right muscles at the right time to prevent falling, and possible critical injury. Specific core stabilization-balance and strength training that target the neuromuscular system improves the functional capacity of the stabilization system, leads to improved function, and can prevent falls and injuries, subsequently improving quality of life. Specific core exercise training can also assist in chronic pain management. Balance-strength exercises improves our core-stabilization and automatic balance system that could make the difference in saving us from a fall and serious injury in the event of a sudden perturbation (disturbance of motion, equilibrium) like slipping on an icy sidewalk. Functional dynamic balance exercises are a primary focus when training older clients.

The above information is from National Academy of Sports Medicine's Senior Fitness Specialist (SFS) Certification Program.

"I am totally committed to helping my clients relieve and eliminate pain and discomfort of body, mind, and spirit."
Acid Reflux . Acute Pain/Chronic Pain. Arthritis . Carpel tunnel . Emotional Energy Release . Fibromyalgia . . Frozen Shoulder . Headaches/Migraines
Hiatal Hernia . Limited Range of Motion . Low Back Pain . Neck and Shoulder Pain . Plantar Fascitis . Respiratory Problems . Running Injuries . Scar Tissue
SET Quick Release . Stress/Tension . Swelling and Inflammation . Tendinitis . Thoracic Outlet . TMJ Syndrome . Trigger Finger . Whiplash
Ken Youngberg Therapeutic Bodyworks
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