ACTIVATOR Course – Section 7a

Specific Conditions

This section discusses conditions which may require individual considerations before you can use poles with your clients.

Questions:

  1. What changes do you find with John, who has an ABI, walking with and without poles?
  2. What contraindications may prevent ACTIVATOR poles from being appropriate?
  3. Can you think of 3 clients that would benefit from using ACTIVATOR poles?

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Resources

Active Living Webinar Series – see recorded webinars with guest speakers on www.urbanpoling.com under “Education”

More information on Specific Conditions can be found on www.urbanpoling.com under “Health+Research”

Printable conditional information sheets can be found on www.urbanpoling.com under “Health+Research”

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For moderately steep slopes, simply decrease the pressure on the base of the handles or drag your poles behind you. For steep slopes, keep your poles upright and in front and out to the side slightly, so if you do fall you won’t land on your poles. Bend your knees and elbows, and slow down any momentum. For long descents, it may be helpful to lengthen the poles.
Barb Gormley, Director of Education

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