Mizzou Steps @ TigerPlace is a service learning project of the Mizzou PT Department that offers twice-weekly group and individualized exercise classes for 4 weeks in the fall and spring semesters to community members at TigerPlace, a local aging-in-place facility.
To participate in the program, community members must be able to walk independently, with or without an ambulation aid. The functional ability level of participants ranges from quite frail to near-athletic. This diversity of ability provides an excellent challenge for students to think on their feet in providing individually tailored exercises to strengthen legs and improve the balance response of participants.
Under the supervision of faculty members and clinicians, students learn to first keep their participant safe, but above all, to challenge them in ways that improve their leg strength, dynamic balance, and confidence in their ability to manage daily functional challenges.