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 Plan™might 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
USE GOOD TECHNIQUES
– Brace for support and avoid twisting when climbing in or out
– Sit, then swivel both legs into place
– Use SmartHANDS™ on 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:
- Choose tasks, like the one above, that most people will be able to relate to.
- 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.
- 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®.