The course has been divided into 8 sections and will take approximately 2 to 4 hours to complete. You can stop the course at any point and resume at a later time and re-watch any of the sections. You will need your ACTIVATOR® Poles to practice during the sections on adjusting, technique and exercises. Your manual should be open to easily access or it may be easier to print your manual (see ACTIVATOR® Course Manual button below)
At the start of each section there are 3 questions. Write down your answers while listening to the videos and reviewing your manual to help you apply the content to your practice sessions and to prepare for the quiz.
At end of each section, there is a section of recommended reading in the manual. After successfully completing the quiz, you will receive a email which has a link to download your certificate of completion.
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AUS: contact LEEF Independent Living Solutions or polewalkingAustralia
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ACTIVATOR® Poles should only be prescribed for walker users under the assessment and guidance of a rehab professional. You may assess it is more appropriate for your client to use their cane and/or walker as their primary mobility devices and use ACTIVATOR® Poles for exercise sessions, gait retraining or daily walking programs.
Update: 2020 – ACTIVATOR® Poles are available in the UK, Ireland, USA and Australia. 2% of 4Life Pole sales goes to cancer wellness programs in Canada & USA.
Manual – Read chapter on Research on Nordic walking and 10 studies on ACTIVATOR poles.
Links to abstracts on Nordic walking research can be accessed under www.urbanpoling.com under “Research” or 299 studies on Nordic walking on www.PubMed.com
Manual – Read chapter on ACTIVATOR® Poles
Manual – Read chapter on ACTIVATOR® Technique
ACTIVATOR® Poles come with a User Guide and your clients can watch video instructions at www.urbanpoling.com under “Getting Started”
Manual – Review section on Designing an Exercise Program and Appendix A
-If you are using the ACTIVATOR® Poles to do the Urban Poling technique, you also should lengthen the poles about 2 inch/5 cm so you can easily maintain a straight arm (vs the ACTIVATOR® technique where your elbow is bent) and also as you become more proficient.
Manual – Read chapter on Urban Poling
Videos are available on www.urbanpoling.com under “Getting Started”
In this section, review the sections that are specific to your clinical practice or are of interest.
Note: Although some clients in these videos are using the Urban Poles (Series 300, 4Life or Adventure Poles), we recommend the ACTIVATOR poles for any clients with conditions affecting balance.
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 Education
In this section you will have access to extra content. Guest speakers comprising of leading international therapists, researchers and diabetic educators will discuss how to use the ACTIVATOR® and/or Urban poles with specific conditions and/or new research. These excerpts were edited from the live ACTIVATOR® webinar series.
Note: Although some clients in the videos are using the Urban Poles (Series 300, 4Life or Adventure Poles), we recommend that clients with conditions use the ACTIVATOR® Poles as the weight bearing capacity is 200 lb/90 kg per pole and switch to using the boot shape tips for the Urban Poling technique. ACTIVATOR poles fit clients up to 6 ft/183 cm and recommended user weight is 250 lb/114 kg. The ACTIVATOR® 2 are for clients who are over 6 ‘ to 6’ 4″/193 kg and up to 320 lb/145 kg or who want poles that collapse shorter for travel.
Dr. Sharon Czerniec (AUS) discusses benefits, precautions and exercises with ACTIVATOR® or Urban Poles for breast cancer.
Physiotherapist Hilary Jebson (CAD) discusses a trial on the ACTIVATOR® poles with spinal stenosis at the acute spinal unit at her hospital and guidelines on using walking poles with this condition.
Physiotherapist Kristine Plourde (CAD) describes 2 case studies of using the ACTIVATOR® poles with clients with traumatic spinal injuries.
For this final section, which includes client assessment and considerations for group exercises, open the manual and follow along with the presentation.
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