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The aim of this study carried out by Marina Arkkukangas et al. was to assess the feasibility of a novel judo-inspired exercise intervention, called Judo4balance, for community-dwelling older adults.

Judo4Balance is the name of the Swedish Judo Association’s preventive training program for fall training. The program is developed by an expert group consisting of a doctor, an occupational therapist and three physiotherapists in collaboration with Michail Tonkonogi, professor of medical science at Dalarna University. Everyone in the expert group is a judo trainer with a black belt.

Judo4Balance includes balance and strength training as well as exercises that improve body perception and the fall technique taught in judo. Judo4Balance consists of three fall prevention programs:

– Fall safety for the elderly
– Competence in working life
– Fall skills for children (7-12 years).

The goals of the program are to help halve the number of people who need medical care each year, to halve the number of deaths due to falls and to integrate fall competence training in the systematic work environment work to reduce falls & fall injuries.

To ensure that we achieve the set goals, the Judo4Balance programs will be followed by a research group from Dalarna University under the leadership of Professor Michail Tonkonogi.

More info about Judo4Balance here.

Download the original article here.

Objectives: It is of utmost importance to investigate risk factors for falls and learning techniques for falling safely. Therefore, the aim of this study was to assess the feasibility of a novel judo-inspired exercise intervention for community-dwelling older adults. Methods: We included 28 participants, 60–88 years of age, in this study. In three different settings, the feasibility of carrying out a full-scale study was evaluated by the following: the study process, resource management and scientific aspects. The outcome measures evaluated were physical performance, fall related self-efficacy and fall techniques (backwards and forwards) among the older adults. Results: The intervention was judged to be feasible in the different settings used in this study. Some changes regarding duration of the intervention were suggested as being important. Significant improvements were seen in the selected outcome measures, physical performance (p=.030) and fall techniques (p=<.001). A corresponding difference was not found for fall related selfefficacy (p=.113). Conclusions: This study confirms the judo inspired exercise programme, Judo4Balance, to be a feasible intervention for active older adults. This study will provide a safe and thoroughly planned protocol for the planned study and provides indication of appropriate setting depending on the target group. Keywords: Older adults, Exercise, Fall accidents, Fall injury, Self-efficacy

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