ACTIVATOR Course – Section 5


ACTIVATOR Pole exercises for sitting, standing, pre-gait, and group exercises.  After each video, practice the exercises that are demonstrated.


  1. Can you think of how an exercise you currently prescribe can be adapted to incorporate poles?
  2. How does the use the poles improve this exercise in terms of providing better bilateral movement, promoting better posture or a functional gait pattern?
  3. Select and practice 5 new exercises that you can do with your own clients.

An assessment should be conducted with your client prior to determining which of the exercises shown in this course would be appropriate.

Optional: Exercises for Fall Prevention Programs

Series of simple sitting and standing exercises with poles based on exercises from the Otago fall prevention study for older adults that could be used for home exercises or group exercise programs (the original study was done with exercises without poles).

Optional: Poling Exercises from PWR!

Optional: Excerpt from the Be Balanced Course

This 30 minute online course was developed by physiotherapist Cathy McNorgan. Exercises are on a multidimensional approach addressing the following areas: flexibility, strength and endurance, centre of gravity control training, multisensory training, postural strategy training and gait pattern enhancement training. Click here for more details and to register for this course.

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For more ACTIVATOR exercises, see Appendix A in the manual

For the full Otago Exercise Programme to prevent falls in older adults, see the link here

Going uphill

Keep your poles more upright and in front of you. Lean forward slightly, and use the poles to help push you up the hill. If necessary, bend your elbows, but remember to transition back to the straight arm technique at the top of the hill
Barb Gormley, Director of Education

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