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Stacy Gropack, PhD, PT Eric Lamberg, EdM, PT Rebecca States, PhD William Susman, PhD, PT. Exercise and the Neuromuscular System. Interdisciplinary, Community-Based, Health Education for Diverse Elders. HRSA Grant #1 D37 HP OO838-01. The Neuromuscular System. Neuro= Brain and nerves

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exercise and the neuromuscular system

Stacy Gropack, PhD, PT

Eric Lamberg, EdM, PT

Rebecca States, PhD

William Susman, PhD, PT

Exercise and the Neuromuscular System

Interdisciplinary, Community-Based, Health Education for Diverse Elders. HRSA Grant #1 D37 HP OO838-01

the neuromuscular system
The Neuromuscular System
  • Neuro= Brain and nerves
  • Muscular = Muscles, tendons and ligaments
exercises for the neuromuscular system
Exercises for the Neuromuscular System
  • Balance – prevention of falls
  • Coordination – smoothness of movement
  • Strength – moving body parts against gravity or resistance
falls
Falls

More than one-third of adults ages 65 years and older fall each year (Hornbrook 1994; Hausdorff 2001).

prevention of falls
Prevention of Falls
  • Exercise is one of the most important things to do to reduce your chances of falling.
  • Exercise increases:
    • Balance
    • Strength
    • Coordination
home safety
Home Safety
  • Remove things you can trip over (such as papers, books, clothes, and shoes) from stairs and places where you walk.
  • Remove small throw rugs or use double-sided tape to keep the rugs from slipping.
  • Keep items you use often in cabinets you can reach easily without using a step stool.
home safety1
Home Safety
  • Have grab bars put in next to your toilet and in the tub or shower.
  • Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors.
  • Improve the lighting in your home. As you get older, you need brighter lights to see well. Lamp shades or frosted bulbs can reduce glare.
home safety2
Home Safety
  • Have handrails and lights put in on all staircases.
  • Wear shoes that give good support and have thin non-slip soles. Avoid wearing slippers and athletic shoes with deep treads.
balance exercise
Balance Exercise
  • One leg balance
  • Calf raise
  • Hip raise
  • Side leg raise
  • Hip extension
  • Knee bend
  • ALWAYS USE SUPPORT WHEN NEEDED
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