Balance training involves a plethora of movement patterns, progressions, and testing, but if one takes the aquatic environment into account, there is a collection of tools that can help. When you consider the multiple systems of the body that work together just to keep us upright—and then to move—the cascade of events becomes almost unfathomable. Adding water to the mix can make a difference for some of our most vulnerable patients.
This course explores how balance becomes increasingly complex as we age, what causes us not only to fall but to decline, and how water can play a crucial role in addressing balance deficits. The final section of the presentation will conclude with an overview of the small but dynamic literature supporting aquatic interventions.
Course Objectives & Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the learner will be able to:
- Recognize the complexity of static/dynamic balance and the physiological systems required to perform it;
- Recognize the importance of addressing both static and dynamic balance with therapeutic interventions;
- Identify the unique components of water which facilitate balance training as noted in the literature; and
- Recognize appropriate aquatic progressions that can benefit specific balance deficits.
Instructor: Marty Biondi, PT, DPT, CSCS
Over the past 40+ years, Marty has been involved in various aspects of aquatics, including pool management and aquatic therapy, and has always been an avid swimmer. Currently, Marty works as a Partner and Director of Physical Therapy at an outpatient clinic and personal training practice. Being passionate about aquatics, she is involved in patient care, small group classes, and research that promotes functional gains using aquatic interventions.
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: .25 CEU/ 2.5 CCU or Contact Hours