ACTIVATOR Course – Section 7a
This section discusses conditions which may require individual considerations before you can use poles with your clients.
- What changes do you find with John, who has an ABI, walking with and without poles?
- What contraindications may prevent ACTIVATOR poles from being appropriate?
- Can you think of 3 clients that would benefit from using ACTIVATOR poles?
Note: Although some clients in these videos are using the Urban Poles (Series 300 or Adventure Poles), we recommend that clients with conditions use the ACTIVATOR Poles and switch to using the boot shape tips for the Urban Poling technique. The ACTIVATOR2 for taller clients will be available as of November 2018 and collapses shorter for travel.
Active Living Webinar Series – see recorded webinars with guest speakers on www.urbanpoling.us under “Education”
More information on Specific Conditions can be found on www.urbanpoling.us under “Health+Research”
Printable information sheets on different conditions can be found on www.urbanpoling.us under “Health+Research”
For moderately steep slopes, simply decrease the pressure on the base of the handles or drag your poles behind you. For steep slopes, keep your poles upright and in front and out to the side slightly, so if you do fall you won’t land on your poles. Bend your knees and elbows, and slow down any momentum. For long descents, it may be helpful to lengthen the poles.
–Barb Gormley, Director of Education
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