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Aquatic Techniques for Lower Extremities

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Course Description:

In this session, the presenter will review the benefits of aquatic therapeutic interventions in the treatment of lower extremity impairments. Aquatic balance, strengthening, and plyometric interventions will be provided to meet the needs of various skill levels. Relevant aquatic therapy research will be discussed, as it relates to the clinical decision-making process. The goal of this session is to provide clinicians with skills to apply research recommendations into practice.

Course Objectives & Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  1. List at least four therapeutic benefits of the aquatic environment in relation to the rehabilitation of various lower extremity injuries and impairments;
  2. Integrate current research recommendations and findings with aquatic interventions to maximize your patient’s plan of care and return to function; and
  3. Apply at least 4 aquatic techniques to challenge your clients' balance in the aquatic environment.

Instructor: Beth Scalone, PT, DPT
Beth is an orthopedic and aquatic therapy specialist and practice owner of North County Water & Sports Therapy Center in San Diego California. She earned her physical therapy degree from the University of Connecticut in 1991 and her transitional DPT from Boston University in 2006. Beth has achieved Certification and re-certification as a clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy.

In 2010, Beth was honored with the Aquatic Therapy Rehabilitation Institute's Tsunami Spirit award for her contribution to aquatic therapy education. In 2012, she was named Aquatic Therapy Professional of the Year. As part of the Aquatic Section of the APTA's recognition of Beth's contribution to aquatic therapy, she received the Judy Cirullo Award in 2015.

Her additional aquatic therapy certifications include Master Instructor for the Burdenko Method and Trainer for AquaStretchâ„¢, a revolutionary myofascial release technique performed in the water. Beth has had the opportunity to present courses on aquatic therapy both nationally and internationally.

Note: CEU is not applicable in AK, CO, HI, LA, NJ, NM, NV
Note: CEU is not pre-approved in the following states, but licensees may seek their own approval in AR, CA, DE, OH, TX
All other states: .15 CEU/1.5 CCU or contact hours