(see videos below)
Rotations are often-times a trigger for freezing of gait. Imagine you are walking and become distracted, perhaps by a phone ringing. You suddenly slow down with the intention of turning/rotating to walk towards the phone. However, the sudden slow down does not go so well and your feet become frozen. You brain still wants to make the rotation and walk towards the phone. Your feet do not get the message from your brain and stay frozen while your center of mass passes over your feet. If you are unable to get your feet unfrozen and moving fast enough, you fall.
Our favorite intervention to avoid falling during a rotation include mindful movement:
When the phone rings (or you become distracted for any reason and need to turn), mindfully slow down gradually, turn carefully, and then proceed towards the phone. It is a habit for you to make the turn quickly, but you need to avoid falling. It may take time to remember to be mindful of movement but practice this every day. You will likely get into the habit of moving more carefully and reduce your risk of falling.
Training to improve rotations is a staple of our program. Take a look at the videos below to see a few examples. We practice rotations in a variety of manners, including the use of targets, hurdles, and more
Recorded in London, this video demonstrates practicing rotations with simultaneous reactive training. Great for the brain
In this video, Jerry is using the ActivMotion Bar. The bar has bearings. Goal: keep the bearing in the center of the bar. This causes core engagement in additional to executing a lot of control and concentration. At the same time, “decision making” cognitive training is being implemented.