Balance & Falls Special Interest Group

B&F SIG Leadership


B&F SIG Minutes



Provide opportunities for the growth of knowledge and quality of practice for physical therapists in relation to older persons with balance deficits and an increased risk for falling.

These include:

  • Programs at CSM
  • Articles in Gerinotes or other publications
  • Initiating discussions on Listserve.
  • Journal Club
  • Newsletters to Members
There are many opportunities for participation, so please consider getting involved! To participate or learn more about current SIG activities and projects, contact the SIG chair.

Balance and Falls SIG News

posted: October 23, 2020

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posted: September 22, 2020

It's Fall Prevention Awareness Week!

September 21-25, 2020

Check out these resources for you and your patients:

  • The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is promoting Fall Prevention Awareness Week with resources on its website. Find videos and practical tips for patients and a toolkit of marketing materials for health professionals at
  • NCOA will also be hosting a Facebook Live event on September 23 featuring Balance and Falls SIG Chair Jennifer Vincenzo, PT, MPH, PhD. Watch it here at 6:30 pm ET:
  • The 2nd edition of the Falls Prevention Awareness Toolkit: A Comprehensive Guide to Professional & Community Engagement for Geriatric Fall/Balance Assessment, developed by the Balance and Falls SIG, is now available for download. The resources provided within the toolkit are designed to assist clinicians and students in creating and/or improving their community-based falls prevention events by utilizing current evidence and a wide-variety of quality resources.
  • More than 25% of older adults experience a fall in any given year. In this video, developed by the NSGA/APTA Geriatrics Task Force, Becca Jordre, PT, DPT shares resources and exercises for helping with balance and fall prevention at home.

posted: September 14, 2020

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posted: July 20, 2020

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posted: April 02, 2020


posted: January 22, 2020

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posted: December 17, 2019


posted: August 19, 2019


posted: August 19, 2019

We are pleased to offer access to these research “1-pagers” on the value of physical activity and role of physical therapists in preventing falls or reducing fall risk; value of physical therapists in reducing readmissions; and the value of early mobilization.

posted: August 02, 2019

posted: January 31, 2019

Dear Balance and Fall SIG Members;


I hope that those who were at CSM last week had a safe journey home. For those who were unable to join us, I hope that the minutes below will provide you with insights about our great projects as well as plans.


This was my last Balance and Falls SIG meeting and I wanted to thank each and everyone of you for all that you have done and do. When I started as Balance and Falls SIG chair I had many visions and as most things go, each component of the vision took much longer than expected. However, I have provided the incoming chair with a large amount of information about where the SIG has started, how it has grown, and what possible opportunities there are. Jennifer Vincenzo is a great leader who is very knowledgeable in public health as well as fall prevention and will be an amazing Chair of this SIG.


Here are the minutes from our SIG meeting at CSM.


  1. Introduction of incoming officers/liaisons:
    1. Chair: Jennifer Vincenzo, PT, MPH, PhD
    2. Vice Chair: Shweta Subramani, PT, MHS
    3. Secretary/Treasurer: Heidi Moyer, PT, DPT
    4. Nominating Committee Chair: Anne Reilley, PT, DPT
    5. Research Liaison: Elizabeth Wang-Hsu, PT, PhD
    6. Clinical Liaisons: Haim Nesser, PT, DPT, CEEAA
    7. Public Liaison: Angela Onyekanne, PT, DPT
    8. PTA Liaison: Brenda Holman, PTA
  2. Guest Presenter: David Taylor, an active member of the AGPT and Balance and Falls SIG, has been working with the CDC on multiple projects. This includes:
    1. Improving and implementing the STEADI
    2. Increasing clinical community partnerships: PT’s need to get out of our clinics and into the communities
    3. The addition of a 4th component on the STEADI: outcomes- PTs will have a role in this, however, the details have not been specified.
    4. My Mobility Plan:
      1. If you have not seen it, please check it out:
      2. Rational: trying to promote a healthy aging perspective through positive changes
  3. AGPT Strategic Plan – where does the Balance and Falls SIG fit in
    1. Assisting with the NCOA partnership: the AGPT created a NCOA task force which just met for the first time at CSM. Our chair and a couple of members are actively involved in the process and will share any updates that arise.
    2. CEU’s
      1. Just like the Health Promotion and Wellness SIG, our SIG will be putting together at least 2 webinars
      2. Current topic ideas are:
        1. Aging in place
        2. Falls prevention in long term care
        3. If you have any other ideas please e-mail
        4. There is also a discussion about putting together a webinar that would have representatives from the AGPT and CDC.
  4. Update on current projects
    1. Journal Club has grown significantly over the last three years and continues to grow. There is current discussion about possible changes to the journal club, including the possibility of adding CEU’s and recording it. However, the details about these changes have not been discussed and for now Mariana Wingood (the outgoing chair) will continue facilitating/organizing the Journal Club.
    2. National Falls Prevention Awareness Day (NFPAD) Toolbox taskforce is currently working on putting together a toolbox that will improve the ease of your NFPAD events. It will include ideas for events, material for marketing (State Advocates, promotional of involving other disciplines, advertisements, consent for, photo releases), materials for community presentations, materials for healthcare professional presentations, etc. It is in its final stages and we hope to roll this out in the next few months. When we roll it out we hope to have conference call to inform you off the material included, where to find it, and how to use it.
    3. Inter-SIG Efforts
      1. Working with Neurology and Oncology’s Balance and Falls SIG Chairs- calling it the Tri-Alliance. Hoping to present at CSM2020.
      2. Working with the Foot and Ankle SIG of the Orthopaedic Academy to discuss the relationship between Falls and Foot/Ankle impairments. Hoping to present on this at CSM 2020.
    4. Monthly Challenge
      1. Was started in 2017 and it is only sent out to the members who agreed to get the e-mail. One reason for this is that we don’t want to overwhelm everyone’s inbox. If you want to receive e-mails please send an e-mail to the
      2. The monthly challenge is sent out at the beginning of the month and at times there are some great discussions. These occur when people hit reply all and it is highly promoted to hit reply all and promote discussion.
      3. To learn more go to our website or use the direct link for the Monthly Challenge:
    5. Outcome Projects
      1. The project started in 2017 and it is currently in its final stages.
      2. This project sounds similar to the EDGE taskforce; however, it is not as thorough as the EDGE. Its main purpose is to disseminate information at a faster rate with the inclusion of other patient populations/settings.
      3. The goal is to provide quick and easy resources for clinicians that are updated on a regular basis.
      4. The project had 4 phases:
        1. Phase 1: Performed a thorough literature search and completed a list of published outcome measures related to balance and falls.
        2. Phase 2: Review process, broken down into 5 rounds to review all outcome measures
        3. Phase 3: cross-validate and make recommendations
        4. Phase 4: create web medium that is accessible to members to utilize, will be updated by clinical liaison, research liaison, and a team of dedicated volunteers
  5. Resources: Provided updates about some great resources available including- State Advocates (every state, with the exception of Alaska, Missouri, and South Dakota has one or two), NCOA, CDC, State Coalitions, and don’t forget about your Community Partners.
  6. Projects/ideas that were not discussed but are in the works- if interested in assisting with any of these components please e-mail:
    1. Putting together a working document where individuals will be able to find as well as add any piece of technology or assistive device that is helping their patient with fall prevention and/or that are used in clinic.
    2. Putting together a document that summarizes the current level of evidence for Interventions.
    3. Facebook Live or Twitter Event where the SIG introduces individuals to what is available on our website. Plan on working with the AGPT to also provide videos on how to join a SIG.
    4. Networking opportunities
      1. Putting together a directory. This would be a working document where individuals who want to network could put their contact information. It will include a section for researchers, educators, and clinicians who are interested in various fall-prevention related work.
      2. Putting together a networking/social event at CSM next year. The Academy of Orthopaedic SIGs have a member meeting and a social event and since many individuals want to socialize/network at the Balance and Falls SIG meeting, but we never have time we may try to put together an additional social event for this purpose.


Thank you all.

Mariana Wingood

Out-going Balance and Falls SIG Chair



Balance and Falls SIG Member Resources

VIDEO: Working on Balance and Fall Prevention At Home, developed by the NSGA/APTA Geriatrics Task Force.

From the 2020 BFSIG Falls Prevention Awareness Week Brainstorming Webinar and Guest Presentation on Virtual Balance Assessment from Winston-Salem State University, July 28, 2020

Outcome Measure Toolkit for Geriatric Fall/Balance Assessment

The Balance and Falls Special Interest Group of the APTA Geriatrics developed this toolkit as an updated summary of current outcome measures related to balance and fall risk assessment. It is available, OPEN ACCESS here

Falls Prevention Awareness Toolkit: A Comprehensive Guide to Professional & Community Engagement, 2nd Edition

The Falls Prevention Awareness Toolkit developed by the Balance and Falls Special Interest Group of the APTA Geriatrics is available, OPEN ACCESS here

The resources provided within the toolkit are designed to assist clinicians and students in creating and/or improving their community-based falls prevention events by utilizing current evidence and a wide-variety of quality resources.

Research Resources:

The Monthly Challenge

Every month, we send out an email to interested members with a quick summary of an aspect of balance and falls management. This email thread allows members to have topic specific communication as well as share experiences/ideas. We will also be posting the materials to our google drive which you can access at any time. Emails are sent out at the beginning of each month. If you wish to join the email chain and get the information before anyone else, email us at .


National Fall Prevention Awareness Day Resources

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