presented by John O'Halloran
The human body eventually develops age-related changes that affect posture, strength and balance. These physiological changes can reduce a person’s activity level and increase the likelihood for a fall. A person’s ability to maintain upright posture, strength and balance declines after the fourth decade of life. Thus, to remain active and achieve a longer lifespan of safe, independent living it is imperative that an adult participate in a regular physical fitness program that encompasses all the key components of fitness. Among these are core and hip stability training incorporated with a lifelong progressive balance program. Today’s traditional rehabilitation programs designed to address fall risk and prevention are typically performed by clinicians who do not incorporate the evidence that has been identified through research that can help to achieve superior results to what is currently being offered to our geriatric population. Today’s geriatric population is more informed and has higher expectations of their rehabilitation providers. The traditional geriatric patient is being replaced by a more active senior, and thus the new term GERIACTIVE! This course will provide the attendee the knowledge of the highest and most current evidence-based research for core and hip stability, as well as balance training, to take your current programs to the next level and challenge the future aging population.
Dr. John W. O’Halloran, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC (retired), CSCS (retired), cert MDT, is an American Physical Therapy Association board-certified orthopaedic clinical specialist with over 30 years of experience in the field of orthopaedics. He earned his post-professional Doctor of Physical Therapy from Temple University and has studied orthopaedic and sports therapy abroad in Australia and New Zealand. Dr. O’Halloran is the sole owner of O’Halloran Rehabilitation, a division of O’Halloran Consulting, LLC. John is credentialed with the McKenzie Institute in the mechanical diagnosis and treatment of the spine and has extensive post-graduate training in manipulative therapy of the spine and extremities. He is a certified SCTM-1 Practitioner and has certificates in SMT-1, SMT-2, and SMT-3 with the American Spinal Manipulative Institute. Dr. O’Halloran is also a certified functional capacity evaluator in the Blankenship Method. He has presented over 1300 times both locally and internationally on various orthopaedic and geriatric orthopaedic topics. In 2014, John was the recipient of Clinician of the Year and Excellence in Clinical Practice Award by the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association. Recently, Dr. O’Halloran’s investigational work on the earlier facilitation of gait in the total knee arthroplasty patient has been cited in peer-reviewed journal publication
Core stability has evolved over the last few decades from the fitness arena to mainstream rehabilitation programs. One area that needs greater investigation is the implications of core and hip stability and how to incorporate it with traditional balance training. This is imperative for fall prevention in our rapidly growing geriatric population. This chapter is designed to provide a solid fundamental basis of the history of core and hip stability, progressing to balance training and how it is integrated into a fall prevention rehabilitation program.
This chapter will discuss the wide range of interventions for fall prevention for the geriatric population.
This chapter will take the review of literature into practical clinical application. Detailed case studies will be discussed.