- Hardcover: 313 pages
- Publisher: Human Kinetics; 2nd edition (2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0736067477
- ISBN-13: 978-0736067478
- Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 1.1 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #562,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fallproof! A Comprehensive Balance and Mobility Training Program 2nd Edition
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About 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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Fallproof! does an excellent job of first explaining the science behind balance and why people fall, followed by a section on assessing balance, then progressing to how to train to improve balance, followed by sections on strength training and flexibility, and finally wrapping up with how to instruct the material presented and ideas on class management. The information provided is very well presented and very useful. The book provides a progression of exercises which can be used with your clients, with several variables which can be manipulated to provide the client with the right amount of difficulty. The descriptions also include coaching cues to help instruct the client in the best possible way. The balance assessment described in the book is fairly easy and not too time consuming, while also being very effective and testing all facets of balance. The sections on strength and flexibility are good but for the most part won't be anything new for the fitness professional. Lastly, I'd like to mention that the Fallproof! program is designed to be used in a small class environment. While the concepts transfer well to one on one sessions (with the exception of the fact that most of the culminating activities are group activities), I haven't and don't think I will transfer much into large group exercise classes as the activities here require a greater amount of individualized attention than large group exercise classes allow.
Lastly, there is the included DVD. The DVD includes an example of administering the assessment which is quite helpful, demonstrations of some of the exercises discussed in the book, and a sample class. The DVD is good but I wish it had more. There was more than one occasion that I read something in the book, wanted to see it in action and put in the DVD, only to find out that what I wanted to see wasn't included in the DVD. The other complaint about the DVD is a technical one, I don't like that each section of the DVD isn't broken up into chapter (for example each test of the assessment being a separate chapter), combined with the fact that, at least on my computer, it won't let me manually skip ahead so I need to watch the entire section. But this may be a weird computer thing as much as it is anything with the DVD. What is included on the DVD is excellent, I only wish it had more because what is there is so helpful.
If you work with older adults, this book should be in your collection. If your idea of working on balance is standing on one leg for 10 seconds and repeating a few times, you will gain so much from this book. Balance is a more complicated science than you probably realize and understanding it will help you immensely to improve the balance of your clients, class members, or whatever environment you may be working with older adults in.