A Universal MoveSMART® Application

A good training exercise is to ask the whole group for their ideas on how to apply MoveSMART® to a specific task. It gets them to thinking instead of being passive because they are just being told. Encouraging individual “smart” thinking is a major objective in MoveSMART® training.

Here’s an application that most everyone can relate to: Driving a car.

Ask the group how each part of the 4-Step Planmight come into play when operating a vehicle.

Some of the ides they may come up with might include:


– Regular checks of tire pressure and oil levels

– Adjust seat and steering wheel

– Buckle up yourself

– Make sure everyone else is buckled up before moving

– Enter GPS data before moving

– Consider effects of weather on driving and think through what adjustments you might make in driving due to weather or road conditions.

– Hold steering wheel at 9 and 3 o’clock to avoid discharged air bags

– Choose best times and safest routes to drive – if you have a choice


– Brace for support and avoid twisting when climbing in or out

– Sit, then swivel both legs into place

– Use SmartHANDSon the steering wheel or handles

– Hold elbows in a relaxed, lowered position

– Keep your head in the crown position

– Use Superglue and Line-of-Power when lifting items from the trunk


– Use the Swimmers Shakeout and Percussion on long trips

– Take regular breaks to get out and stretch

– Carry water and keep hydrated


– Anticipate weather or road conditions that may effect driving practices

– Always be aware of other drivers

– Never assume other drivers will do what they are supposed to do

– Plan escape routes

– Obey speed limits

– Signal turns

– Don’t overestimate reaction times

– Don’t underestimate stopping distances

– Give aggressive drivers plenty of distance

– Carry emergency numbers with you

Here are some ideas for leading a general application discussion:

  1. Choose tasks, like the one above, that most people will be able to relate to.
  2. Be sure to question or draw from the group rather than supply your own answers. With quiet groups you may need to prime-the-pump with an idea to get them started.
  3. If you have time, break the group into teams of three or four people and have them come up with ideas. Then open the floor up for a general discussion of ideas teams came up with. This is a good way to get even quiet people involved.

Activating training group participants to be engaged – in this case, coming up with their own ideas – can really help change how safely they think – and act. This is one of the important principles of MoveSMART®.


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