Thank you for taking the ACTIVATOR Course.  My name is Mandy Shintani, I am an occupational therapist by background and I will be your presenter.  There are 4 main objectives you will achieve by completing this course.

  1. Gain knowledge about the benefits and research of walking poles for rehabilitation.
  2. Become skilled in teaching the ACTIVATOR & Urban Poling/Nordic walking technique.
  3. Gain competency in using poles for sitting, standing & pre-gait exercises as well as specific conditions.
  4. Learn about guidelines to safety and effectively structure group exercise programs using poles.

The course has been divided into 8 sections and will take approximately 2 hours to complete.  You can stop the course at any point and resume at a later time and re-watch any of the sections.  You will need your ACTIVATOR poles to practice during the sections on adjusting, technique and exercises.

At the start of each section there are 3 questions.  Write down your answers while listening to the videos and reviewing your manual to help you apply the content to your practice and to prepare for the quiz.

At end of each section, there is a section of recommended reading in the manual.  After successfully completing the quiz, you will receive a notice to download your certificate of completion.  Thank you for taking the ACTIVATOR Course and we would greatly appreciate your feedback on this course!


Section 1: Introduction
Section 2: Research
Section 3: ACTIVATOR Poles
Section 4: ACTIVATOR Technique
Section 5: ACTIVATOR Exercises
Section 6: Urban Poling
Section 7a: Specific Conditions
Section 7b: Specific Conditions – Extra Content
Section 8: Manual Review
ACTIVATOR Course Manual

Going uphill

Keep your poles more upright and in front of you. Lean forward slightly, and use the poles to help push you up the hill. If necessary, bend your elbows, but remember to transition back to the straight arm technique at the top of the hill
Barb Gormley, Director of Education

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