Principles of Balance Training for the Senior Population

by Evan Osar |   Date Released : 16 Jul 2014
Evan Osar

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Audiences around the world have seen Dr. Evan Osar’s dynamic and original presentations. His passion for improving human movement and helping the fitness professionals think bigger about their role can be seen and felt in every course he teaches. His 20-year background in fitness and experience as a chiropractic physician provide a unique prospective for any audience. Dr. Osar has become known for taking challenging information and putting into useable information the fitness professional can apply immediately.
Dr. Osar is the author of The Corrective Exercise Approach to Common Hip and Shoulder Dysfunction, due to be released in the spring of 2012. He is a regular presenter at fitness conventions and the developer of the Integrative Movement Specialist™ certification.

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Osar, Evan | 29 Jul 2014, 16:28 PM

Hi Diallo,
Thank you for reading the article and for the feedback. Glad it was helpful for you and your clients.
Take care and keep up the great work.

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Taylor, D | 29 Jul 2014, 15:43 PM

I have applied and seen results from the strategies found in this article and I find them to be essential in improving my clients balance and coordination so much we run up the number of integrated exercises to choose from in their program progression!!

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Osar, Evan | 19 Jul 2014, 11:34 AM

This article will also help tie in breathing and activation of the deep myofasical system. This is the same strategy we use with our baby boomer and senior clients in our facility.
http://www.ptonthenet.com/articles/the-functional-role-of-fascia-in-posture-and-movement-part-1-3871

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Osar, Evan | 19 Jul 2014, 11:31 AM

Hi Mindy,
Thank you for your question.
Three-dimensional breathing refers to using the entire thorax to assist in breathing and hence stabilization of the thoracopelvic canister. This includes top to bottom, side to side, and front to back expansion of the rib cage during the respiratory cycle. Abdominal breathing alone will not utilize the diaphragm and respiratory muscles in their role of trunk and spine stabilization.
Here is one link that will help you coordinate three-dimensional breathing with core activation.
http://www.ptonthenet.com/articles/assessing-the-fundamentals-the-thoracic-connection-part-2-3302
Take care.

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Landsman, Mindy | 16 Jul 2014, 22:48 PM

I'd like to have an explanation of 3 dimensional breathing. Although the author includes breathing as one of the most important factors to work on, I don't see any info on what it is and how to teach it progressively. Thank you. I think that you mean belly breathing, as done in yoga, but I'm not sure.

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