Exercise-based fall prevention programmes decrease fall-related injuries
- Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA
- Correspondence to: Dr Mark D Grabiner, Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1919 W. Taylor Street, Room 648, Chicago, IL 60614, USA;
Implications for practice and research
Participation in exercise programmes improves physical function and reduces falls in older adults.
Reducing the number of falls in older adults reduces the number of fall-related injuries.
Increasing the effectiveness of exercise-based fall prevention programmes should seek to define the mechanisms by which exercise derives its effectiveness.
Exercise demonstrably and robustly decreases falls in older adults, generally by about 30%. The systematic review and meta-analysis by El-Khoury and colleagues punctuates the previously published result that exercise significantly reduces fall-related fractures in older adults …