We all know that strong legs are helpful for preventing a fall, but did you know respiratory muscle strength is also associated with risk of a fall? Learn how the respiratory muscles contribute to your balance, steadiness of walking, and falls prevention. Discover what you can do to strengthen your own respiratory muscles.

Janet Popp, PT, MS, is a home health physical therapist and holds a master’s in gerontology. She is adjunct faculty at UNM Health Sciences Center Division of Physical Therapy, chair of the New Mexico Adult Falls Prevention Coalition, and has a contract with the NM Department of Health to conduct falls prevention trainings for healthcare professionals.