2014 – Evidence-Based Fall Prevention using Ai Chi

Intermediate / 3-hour Workshop


Faculty: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC



Falls are prevalent, dangerous, and costly. About one in three seniors over age 65, and nearly one in two seniors over age 80, will fall at least once this year, many times with disastrous consequences. As our nation’s population ages, the rate of falls is rising. Yet falling, and fear of falling, may be reduced by using slow movement coordinated with diaphragmatic breathing. This course will give you the protocol, documentation form and evidence for Ai Chi application in balance, ROM and musculoskeletal issues. The research shows that slow, fluid, rhythmic movement with controlled breathing can positively affect postural stability and falls in the elderly. If you’re in an ‘evidence-based clinic’ or if you need something new to try for your clients with balance and ROM issues, try Ai Chi. It works!



1) Experience Ai Chi with a fall prevention focus.

2) Review research supporting Ai Chi use for balance, ROM and arthrokinematic pain.

3) Receive a sample protocol to use or modify for your clients.

4) Examine a documentation form for fall prevention.

5) Consider the link between stress, muscle tension and falls.


FACULTY: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC, founder/president of ATRI, is an internationally known speaker, author and consultant. She is the founder of six different businesses including the Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute, the Aquatic Exercise Association, Living Right Magazine, America’s Certification Trainers, Armchair Aerobics Inc., and the Fitness Firm. A leader in the health and wellness industry, she also draws on her vast experience as an entrepreneur to teach others what it takes to assume the risk of business and enterprise. Ruth is the author of numerous articles and 15 books on her specialties of wellness and business. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Sevier-McCahill Disability International Foundation Award; and the John Williams, Jr. International Swimming Hall of Fame Adapted Aquatics Award. Known for her high energy and practical teaching approaches, Ruth has brought thousands of people over the years to understand the benefits of water exercise.