ACTIVATOR Course – Section 5


ACTIVATOR Pole exercises for seated, standing, pre-gait, and group exercises.  After each video, practice the exercises that are demonstrated.


  1. What are the benefits of using poles with exercises?
  2. Can you think of how an exercise you currently prescribe could be adapted to incorporate poles?
  3. Select and practice 5 new exercises that you can prescribe to your clients.

An assessment should be conducted with your client to determine which exercises shown in this course would be appropriate.

Group Exercise Program with physiotherapist Lisa Robert:  You will observe that one client is not using poles as she has ataxia and use of poles would be contraindicated especially in a group exercise program.  Also, with her limited stock of poles, Lisa has reserved the ACTIVATOR Poles for her clients instead of herself.

Optional: Exercises for Fall Prevention Programs

Simple seated and standing exercises using the ACTIVATOR™ Poles.  Exercises were modified from the Otago fall prevention study for older adults.  Exercises can be used for home exercises or group exercise programs (the original Otago study was done with exercises without poles).

Optional: Poling Exercises from Parkinson Wellness Recovery (PWR!) developed by Dr. Becky Farley

Dr. Farley is demonstrating several PWR! movements she has adapted to using with the ACTIVATOR™ Poles.

Optional: Excerpt from the Be Balanced Course

This 30 minute online course was developed by physiotherapist Cathy McNorgan. Exercises are on a multidimensional approach addressing the following areas: flexibility, strength and endurance, centre of gravity control training, multisensory training, postural strategy training and gait pattern enhancement training.  You will be able to access the full Be Balanced Course as part of this course program.

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For more ACTIVATOR™ Poles exercises, see Appendix A in the manual

For the full Otago Exercise Programme to prevent falls in older adults, see the link here

Going downhill

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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