The criteria that exercise programs had to meet to be included in the Inventory of Exercise Programs for Falls Prevention was based research and consultation with the New South Wales Falls Prevention Network in Australia. Exercise programs were considered to be appropriate for falls prevention if they met the following criteria:
- The program includes standing exercises that challenge balance and/or strength by:
- Narrowing base of support – for example, standing with your feet together or one foot in front of the other
- Decreasing hand support – for example, using your hands less or not using your hands at all for balance
- Moving the centre of mass – for example, leaning forward, backward or sideways, or moving your arms or legs
- Performing multiple tasks – for example, doing other physical activities (such as throwing a ball) or other cognitive activities (such as saying the alphabet backwards) while maintaining balance
- Moving your head – for example, turning your head to the side or up and down while sitting, standing or walking
- Altering vision – for example, closing your eyes or dimming the lights in the room
- Altering surfaces – for example, standing on softer or less stable surfaces such as sand, a mat, a duradisc
- Changing direction – for example changing direction of walking on command
- Navigating obstacles – for example, walking around, over, under or between obstacles or manoeuvring through a crowd of people
- At least 40% of class time is spent on the standing balance and strength exercises described in Criteria #1.
- The program is designed and supervised by a trained healthcare or exercise professional or instructor such as:
- A physiotherapist
- An occupational therapist
- An athletic therapist
- An Exercise physiologist
- A kinesiologist
- A nurse
- A gerontologist
- A rehabilitation assistant
- A recreation Coordinator/Facilitator
- A certified Tai Chi instructor
- A certified Pilates instructor
- A certified Yoga instructor
- A certified fitness leader/instructor
- A certified personal trainer
To register an exercise program to be included in the Inventory of Exercise Programs for Falls Prevention or to edit information about an exercise program, please follow the steps below. Each program must be registered separately, so if you are registering more than one program, please complete the steps once for each program.
To register a program:
- Determine if your program meets the criteria for inclusion in the Inventory of Exercise Programs for Falls Prevention and answer the questions on the Program Eligibility Form.
- Use the Consumer Information Form to provide information about your exercise program. This form will be included in the inventory to provide consumers with more information about your exercise program. Send your completed Program Eligibility Form and Consumer Information Form to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or IMPACT – Injury Prevention, WRHA, 490 Hargrave Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3A 0X7.
- We will contact you to confirm that your exercise program meets the inclusion criteria and to clarify information provided on the consumer information form if required.
- We randomly audit exercise programs that have registered to be on the Inventory of Exercise Programs for Falls Prevention to ensure accuracy of the information provided. If you have registered for the inventory, we may contact you to arrange a time to observe your exercise program. Programs that do not agree to be observed or that do not meet the inclusion criteria based on our observation will be removed from the inventory.
To edit information about a program:
- Review the consumer information for your program that is currently on this website. You can find your program on the inventory using the postal code search tool.
- Use the Consumer Information Form to revise your program information.
- Send your revised Consumer Information Form to us at email@example.com or IMPACT- Injury Prevention, WRHA, 490 Hargrave Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3A 0X7. Be sure to indicate that this is revised Consumer Information for a currently registered program.