Many people, like older adults and individuals with stroke, are increased risk for falls. In order to keep from falling down, people must often perform rapid and sophisticated reactions, like stepping or grasping movements. Reactive balance training (RBT) retrains these rapid reactions. RBT has been shown to improve control of rapid balance reactions and reduce fall rates by almost half compared to no exercise or ‘typical’ balance training.
The aim of this toolkit is to help healthcare professionals (e.g., physiotherapists or kinesiologists) use RBT in their rehabilitation practices.
Avril Mansfield is a Scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (UHN), Affiliate Scientist in Evaluative Clinical Sciences, Hurvitz Brain Sciences Program, Sunnybrook Research Institute, and an Associate Professor (status only) in the Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto. Avril can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elizabeth Inness is the Leader of the Mobility Innovations Centre at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, which uses an integrated knowledge translation (KT) approach to develop evidence-informed, clinically-relevant practices and programs of care. She has led various research and integrated KT initiatives that have advanced physiotherapy practice in the area of aerobic exercise testing and prescription and clinical and technology-based assessment of balance. She has also been instrumental in increasing uptake of PBT within the clinical programs at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute.
Kristin Musselman’s research is focused on developing and implementing novel training and assessment methods in adults and children with neurological injury. She has co-led the development and implementation of the Spinal Cord Injury Standing and Walking Measures Toolkit at eleven rehabilitation hospitals across Canada, and studied the barriers and facilitators to implementing functional electrical stimulation in stroke rehabilitation. She is currently leading a study on PBT among individuals with spinal cord injury.
Nancy Salbach is a CIHR New Investigator in Knowledge Translation. She led the development and evaluation of iWalk, a theory-informed toolkit to advance physiotherapists’ walking assessment practice post-stroke, and brings methodological expertise related to KT intervention design in rehabilitation.