ABLE Bodies Balance Training by Sue Scott

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How many participants use walkers or canes? }}Can they walk and talk at the same time, or do they need to stop and talk? }}Flexibility—Can they turn their head independently of their body, or does their body follow when they turn their head and they deviate from a straight path? When participants are seated, observe how many can lift their hands over their head without pain. }}Posture—Can they stand upright? Is their posture symmetrical or asymmetrical? Do they have flexed knees? Bowed backs?

To sit or stand tall they need to draw their abdominals in and up, moderately, and then lift their ribs away from their hips, bringing shoulders over hips. Next they draw shoulder blades back and down. Then they are ready to brace that posture. 24 Because form is central to all exercises in ABLE Bodies training, tall posture and core stability are parts of almost every activity. Several conceptual activities address core stability, including When Push Comes to Shove and Torso as a Cylinder. Place these activities in your program wherever needed.

You make observations and use available written information or other communications, and you initiate discussions with the parties concerned, including your participants. Putting together this kind of information is a valid way to get a comprehensive feel for your participants and their abilities and needs. Here are some questions to ask and areas to look at that will help profile participants and guide your training decisions. Learn From Previously Available Information }}Are there any recent written evaluations, suggestions, or lists of exercises from their doctor, physical therapist, or occupational therapist?

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