Online Course
Fall Prevention Through Exercise
How can we help prevent falls in the older adult?

1.5-2 hours





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Chris Tuckett
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Physiotherapist, Manager, Writer, Teacher and Falls Practitioner

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Around a third of all people aged over 65 years fall each year, but falls are not considered a normal part of aging. So why do so many older adults fall? This course will explore the causes of falls and the relationship between falls, ageing and physical inactivity. It outlines the minimum level of exercise required for well-being, explores the guidelines for exercise and considers physical activity as a population strategy.


This course outlines the risk factors for falls and provides guidelines to reduce the risk of falls in older adults


This course is made up of videos, reading, discussions and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1.5-2 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
Types of Activities - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.3 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify the main 3 causes of disability in older adults
  • Explain why inactivity is particularly harmful in relation to falls
  • Design an appropriate evidence-based exercise programme to reduce the risk of falls in older adults
  • Justify the use of physical activity and exercise as falls prevention strategies, on an individual and a population level
Featured reviews
It is a great fundamental course for any therapists dealing with the elderly and their families or those that are at risk of falling.
Taryn Sterling
South Africa
It is a well-put-together course backed by evidence-based research which helps to emphasize and reinforce the importance of exercise and balance training in older populations. I would recommend that anyone working with older or ageing populations take this short but informative course.
Physical Therapist
I appreciate the distinction between physical activity and exercise. It’s not enough to be more active; fall prevention needs to include balance specific exercises to be effective.
Katrina Johnson
Physical Therapist
United States
It is an introduction to fall risk assessment and treatments. It has good information on reasons to promote physical activity in the elderly and good treatment ideas such as ensuring your patient can get off the floor in case of a fall.
Gretchen Weber
Physical Therapist
South Africa
An enjoyable and informative course with relevant resources and interesting statistics to help support and continue professional evidence-based practice.
Olivia Bates
United Kingdom
This course is very valuable to every physiotherapist, even without working with older adult patients. It is very valuable on a personal level because we all have relatives that are ageing and we also are going to age. So we should provide the care that we would like to be provided to us.
Natalia Garza
A well presented interesting course that makes us review how we see older people and how society and our health care systems respond to ageing. It demonstrates the need for change around how we treat older people and how we could save the NHS a lot of money through early intervention exercise programmes. The need to change how older people are cared for in hospitals also needs to change by allowing them their independence and by giving them more stimulation.
Hayley Ingham
United Kingdom
Great course! I've been working with the elderly population and this course gave me additional knowledge to share with my clients.
Jamie-Ann Dula
This course is very valuable to every physiotherapist, even without working with older adult patients. It is very valuable on a personal level because we all have relatives that are ageing and we also are going to age. So we should provide the care that we would like to be provided to us.
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This course was really helpful to me by giving an idea of how to prescribe group balance exercises and the dosage
Manju Paul
Really useful and concise course to illustrate some key facts regarding falls and also the impact which healthcare professionals can have on reducing falls. Well worth completing, even if you feel you have a sound understanding of falls prevention.
Shani Prime
United Kingdom
A very instructive course! The tutor passes on many important messages, which one can easily integrate into everyday life as a physiotherapist
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