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By: Abbey Colley, MS, ACSM EP-C
“It will never happen to me.” That is what most people think when it comes to falls. The problem is that falls happen all too often for older adults in the U.S. Our goal is to give you the tools, knowledge, and exercises you need to prevent having a fall this fall, and year round!
Here is the rundown on falling down:
You may be thinking “Could I be at risk for a fall?” or you might still be thinking “It could never happen to me.” So, here are some things that put you at a higher risk of falling:
It’s important to know if you are at higher risk and what you can do to minimize your risk of falling. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommend increasing strength, balance, stability, and flexibility to reduce fall risk in older adults. Strengthening your lumbopelvic complex (your core including your abs, hips, glutes, and low back) will enhance body control and reduce risk of injury during activities of daily living (ADLs). Increasing balance, stability, and flexibility will also allow for more effective and safer ADLs. Daily stretching (holding each stretch for 30-60 seconds) will improve flexibility and range of motion. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and NIH recommend the following to reduce your risk of falling:
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