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Zibrio Balance Specialist Course

Approved for 0.3 ACE CECs, 3 FAI CEUs, 3 AFAA CEUs, or 0.3 NASM CEUs

Did you know that falling down is the #1 cause of emergency room visits for all adults, and the leading cause of trauma death for adults over 65?

Good balance is fundamental to all movement – from athletic performance to healthy aging. Good balance is the result of good communication between the brain and sensory inputs, as well as effective neuromuscular output. All of which is improved by regular practice, but the best gains are made when the plan is personalized to the individual client.

The course takes you from the components of balance, through the relationship between balance and fall risk, and finally helps you design a comprehensive balance training plan, with appropriate progressions that you can personalize to any client.

In this online course, you will learn:

  • Balance anatomy and physiology and how the body adapts to changes in training and aging.

  • The consequences of poor balance and the "fall prevention equation."

  • How to create a balance training program for yourself or your clients.

Become a balance specialist if you work with:

  • Athletes wanting to get an edge, and avoid injury.

  • People who are generally healthy and want personalized insight into what works best for their health.

  • Older adults and people with poor balance, or at risk of falling due to muscle weakness or aging.

  • People recovering from injury or surgery, especially of the leg, hip or foot


Learn about the underlying anatomy and physiology involved in balance so you can create more personalized balance training for your clients.

  • Welcome to the Zibrio Balance Specialist Course

  • Course 1: Basic balance anatomy and physiology. In this lesson you will be learning all about the basic anatomy and physiology involved in maintaining balance.

  • Course 2: The basics of adaptation. This course builds on course 1 content and applies the physiology of balance to what human bodies do best – adapt.

  • Course 3: Performance, detraining and aging. This course applies the knowledge gained in course 1 and course 2 to performance.

  • Assessment

Learn about the statistics associated with falling and what that means for balance, risk and fall prevention.

  • Course 1: Consequences of Poor Balance. In this lesson you will be learning all about the facts and and statistics surrounding the consequences of poor balance: falling.

  • Course 2: Fall Prevention Equation. This course builds on course 1 content and defines a fall prevention equation. A fall is an accident, but it is no accident that a fall occurs. This course takes you through possible contributors to falling and helps you to identify what you can do to help your clients.

  • Worksheets

  • Assessment

Learn about how to create a balance training program.

  • Course 1: Balance Training Program Creation. The video creates a 5 step plan for creating a balance training program.

  • Course 2: One Leg Stand Progression. In this lesson you will be learning some exercise progressions for the one leg stand base movement. indicated on the screen to help you know how the exercise is challenging.

  • Course 3: Squat Progressions. In this lesson you will be learning some exercise progressions for the squat base movement.

  • Course 4: Lunge. In this lesson you will be learning some exercise progressions for the lunge base movement.

  • Course 5: Whole Body Agility. In this lesson you will be learning some whole body agility exercises.

  • Worksheets

  • Assessments

Zibrio, The Balance Company, believes that anyone can improve their balance at any age. We created this course to equip fitness professionals with the knowledge and tools they need to help their clients meet their balance goals for fall prevention, injury recovery, or improving performance.

Katharine Forth, CEO of Zibrio and instructor for this course, has a doctorate in motor control and conducted a postdoctoral fellowship at NASA. She is an expert in postural stability and has created award-winning balance training programs for older adults. She is also a world champion athlete.

"Excellent course! Gained so much knowledge and a greater understanding of how to adjust my balance program to meet the individual needs of my clients."

- Nancy

"Great information on the 3 sensory systems and how they come into play when design and program."

- Ellen R.

"I just realized how important balance was."

- Ty T.

"Thanks for a great course. Informative and fun. Lots of new, fun things to teach my clients."

- Valli W

How do I get my certificate after completing the course?

If you have passed the final assessment in unit 3, you will receive an email confirmation. Your course certificate(s) will be sent to the email address you registered with within about 48 hours.

I want to claim CEUs with a different certificate provider, what can I do?

Notify us at [email protected] and we will send you a general course completion letter that you can pass on to your provider. It details course hours, subject matter, which organizations have granted CEU approval, and the date you completed the course.