The balance workshop
The balance workshop has been developed to complement the work of Professor Cathie Sherrington and colleagues (Sherrington et al 2016) that provides clear evidence-based exercise guidelines to successfully improve balance and prevent falls. While these guidelines are widely available, implementing this evidence in clinical practice continues to be a major clinical challenge. This workshop provides a theoretical background to the understanding of balance and postural adjustments. Video analysis is used to discuss the effective assessment and analysis of balance impairments to provide the basis for targeted interventions. The recent meta-analyses of effective exercise to improve balance and reduce falls are reviewed in detail so that attendees have a thorough understanding of the features of effective balance training. The changes to balance seen in older people and people with neurological conditions are discussed, as well as the evidence for balance training in people with common neurological conditions. This workshop assists clinicians to develop evidence-based solutions for people with balance difficulties by incorporating practical sessions exploring strategies for training balance that are challenging, of sufficiently high dosage and safe. The workshop uses lectures, practical sessions, video analysis and clinical sessions with patients in order to provide clinicians with many strategies for effective balance training with people of differing levels of disability.
- Define balance, postural adjustments, kinematics, kinetics, task specificity
- Discuss the research findings for the characteristics of postural adjustments i.e. timing, task specificity
- Describe the changes that occur to postural adjustments with aging and neuropathology
- Describe the assessment and analysis of balance impairment
- Describe the risk factors and circumstances of falls
- Discuss the evidence for exercise interventions to improve balance and reduce falls
- Demonstrate the ability to set up effective balance training for people with impaired balance
- Plan a balance class that challenges balance and provides a high intensity of practice
- This course is only available to qualified and AHPRA registered physiotherapists.