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Fall risk increases significantly as the elderly age. As the human body ages, there is a significant decline in strength, especially in the lower extremities. In addition to the decline in strength, there is a gradual progression of postural changes and loss of flexibility. One area that drastically becomes compromised is the lumbopelvic hip region. The principles of motor control state that to have optimal locomotion, the human body must first achieve a balance between proximal stability and distal mobility. The principle of reciprocal inhibition stresses that when muscle groups become adaptively shortened, opposing muscle groups are also inhibited. In no other region of the human body does this principle have more practical application than the hip. The clinician that designs a fall prevention program that addresses the fundamentals of motor control and identifies patients who are either deficient in mobility or stability of the hips will achieve greater outcomes in reducing falls than their colleagues.

Meet Your Instructor

John O’Halloran, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC (Retired), CSCS (Retired), Cert MDT, Certified SCTM-1 Practitioner

John O'Halloran is an American Physical Therapy Association board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist with more than 30 years of experience in the field of orthopedics. He earned his postprofessional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Temple University and has studied orthopedic and sports therapy abroad in Australia and New Zealand. Dr. O'Halloran is the sole owner…

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1. Hip Stability and Fall Prevention

This chapter will review the literature on the implications of hip stability. The chapter will discuss the various components of hip stability and reconditioning and how they relate to fall risk and prevention.

2. Weight-Bearing Exercises

This chapter will discuss the wide range of interventions for hip stability training and fall prevention. Interventions ranging from open-chain to closed-chained exercises will be discussed and critiqued.

3. Lab and Demonstrations

This chapter will take the review of literature into practical clinical application. Detailed lab demonstrations and case studies will be discussed and performed.

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