By Karyn Gallivan, MS, ATC, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, NASM-CPT
Contributor, Sports+Fitness Network
While teaching, much of the discussion revolves around “special populations” such as training for children, those with injuries, people who have certain diseases, and the older adult. Invariably, when researching fitness programs for the older adult, or visiting senior adult fitness classes, much of this is focused on fall prevention for this population. This makes sense, because as one gets older the risk of falling increases, as well. I often argue that increasing age does not necessarily increase one’s fall risk, rather, one’s level of deconditioning does. And, it is problematic that many “fall prevention” exercise classes involves a chair exercise routine. What?!