Senior Citizens Play Schoolyard Games With A Lifesaving Purpose

CBS New York—November 15, 2017

CBS New York reported that Asphalt Green, a nonprofit organization that provides athletic community programs in New York City, created an exercise program for seniors to prevent injuries. The program involves playing dodgeball, hula hoop and other playground games to push seniors to the brink of falling in order to prevent tumbles in the real world.

Researchers at HSS hope the pilot program will lower the number of seniors that fall each year. HSS sports performance specialist Jason Machowsky, RD, CSSD, RCEP, CSCS said that falling could cause a person to lose confidence, their ability to move well and therefore lead to a greater risk of falling again.

Watch the full segment at newyork.cbslocal.com. This segment aired during the November 15, 2017 broadcast.

 

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