Lambeck and Gamper (2006) The EWAC obstacle course in fall prevention
Therapeutic Manual EWAC Obstacle Course
By Urs Gamper and Johan Lambeck
EWAC Medical, The Netherlands, 2006
Fall prevention is an important topic for the geriatric population as well as for patients with neurological, rheumatic or orthopaedic conditions. One approach to train strategies and mechanisms for fall reduction is the obstacle course. An obstacle course first was described in literature by K. Means in 1996 and more recently by H. Rijken in 2004. These courses mimic obstacles that one meets in daily living situations, both inside and outside. They also can include cognitive challenges at the same time, like carrying a tray with glasses, listening to a story and memorize the amount that a specific word is mentioned etc.