Break the fall

Catlow, Sarah and Doggart, Lance (2020) Break the fall. International Therapist.

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The number of people aged 65 and over is projected to rise by over 40% in the next 17 years to more than 16 million (Office of National Statistics, 2015). Thirty percent (30%) of people aged 65 and over will be treated for an injury at least once a year and for those aged 80 and over, this figure rises to 50% (NICE, 2013). The most common cause of injury within the older population (65 and over) is falls, with the overarching mechanism being that of the severity and magnitude of the impact from the fall. This can have a devastating impact on the individual and significantly affect their health, wellbeing, independence and confidence. Older people generally lose muscle strength as they age. This reduction in muscle strength and associated weakness means that older people are more likely to have problems carrying out their daily activities (Liu and Latham, 2009). The resultant injuries from falls have a sizeable impact on the healthcare system, estimated to cost the NHS around £1 billion a year (Leal et al, 2016). Falls later on in life are often dismissed as an inevitable part of the aging process, however the reality is many of these can be prevented. There is substantial empirical evidence to suggest that appropriately prescribed exercise interventions can help prevent falls, with sports therapists playing a crucial role in their prevention (Martin et al, 2013).

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Depositing User: Ms Raisa Burton
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2020 14:14
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2020 14:14
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