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    Wednesday, February 8 | Thursday, February 9 | Friday, February 10 | Saturday, February 11 

    * Should you choose to preselect sessions during the registration process, please be advised that preselection is not a guarantee of a seat. Attendees are asked to preselect to better determine room size and all efforts will be made to accommodate sessions in the largest rooms possible. All attendees are encouraged to show up to sessions early. Attendees are also encouraged to select alternative sessions in the event their first choice is full. 

    Wednesday, February 8 (Preconference)

    Doing It Right! How to Set Up an Aquatic Physical Therapy Program

    Time: 8:00 am-5:30 pm (See Program for Room)

    Speaker: Charlotte Norton, PT, DPT, CSCS, ATC

    Level: Basic

    Preconference Pricing: Standard 

    CEUs: 0.7 (7 contact hours/CCUs)

    This 1-day course provides learners with basic to intermediate information to develop or expand aquatic physical therapy programs. The speakers will address conceptual organization and logistics, pool design, pool equipment, risk management, integration of land and water programming, staffing, patient selection, marketing, documentation, and reimbursement. Theory and practical applications will be offered.

    Upon completion of this course, you'll be able to:

    • Demonstrate an understanding of the necessary components to direct the successful development of aquatic physical therapy programming.
    • Discuss the ways in which ethical professional practice supports all aspects of aquatic programming development.
    • List and troubleshoot 10 major risk management areas.
    • Identify appropriate patient populations for aquatic physical therapy and apply the integration of land and aquatic physical therapy into program development at all levels.
    • Explain the links among professional practice, documentation, delegation, and reimbursement.
    • Investigate pool design, equipment use, and staffing issues from an effective and safe practice perspective.
    • Development your own aquatic practice plan.

    Pillar Strength: Moving Beyond Basic Core Stability Using Land- and Water-based Solutions

    Time: 8:00 am-5:30 pm (See Program for Room)

    Speaker: Susan Falsone, PT, MS, SCS, ATC

    Level: Intermediate

    Preconference Pricing: Standard Plus 

    CEUs: 0.7 (7 contact hours/CCUs)

    In this session, the speaker will discuss the expanded concept of core stability via pillar strength: the combination of mobility, stability, and strength of the shoulders, trunk, and hips. Lecture, discussion, and question-and-answer periods will be used to complement land-based and water-based labs, giving a attendees a comprehensive experience.

    Upon completion of this course, you'll be able to:

    • Define pillar strength and its importance in returning a patient to function.
    • Discuss relevant anatomy related to pillar strength.
    • Perform land-based and aquatic-based pillar strength exercises to return someone to running and/ multidirectional movement.
    • Offer verbal and tactile cues to instruct a patient in land-based or aquatic-based pillar strength exercises.

    Thursday, February 9

    Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain: An Update

    Time: 8:00 am-10:00 am (See Program for Room)

    Speaker: Janet Gangaway, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC

    Level: Intermediate

    Fibromyalgia and chronic pain conditions prevalence continues to rise. Aquatic physical therapy can have positive benefits on the function of these individuals. This course will review the current literature related to aquatic physical therapy and these populations.

    Upon completion of this course, you'll be able to:

    • Identify current literature to support the use of aquatic physical therapy for individuals with fibromyalgia and chronic pain.
    • Understand the application of aquatic physical therapy principles and techniques for this population.
    • Create an aquatic physical therapy program for individuals with fibromyalgia and chronic pain.

    Using Aquatic Therapy to Encourage Community Engagement for Families of Children With Autism

    Time: 10:30 am-12:30 pm (See Program for Room)

    (Joint Program: Pediatrics)

    Speaker: Beth Ennis, PT, MSPT, EdD

    Level: Multiple Level

    In our role as primary care practitioners involved in habilitation as well as wellness and prevention, physical therapists need to address all levels of the ICF model, especially the participation level. Physical therapy is an important yet underutilized resource for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), even though these children can have difficulty with low muscle tone, poor motor planning and body awareness, and decreased trunk stability. However, while physical therapy intervention can be beneficial, children with ASD, their parents, and siblings also need time to engage in the same regular family activities as their typical peers. Research is demonstrating that the aquatic therapy environment can be used to address physical issues effectively as well as encourage social communication, peer interaction and engagement, and increase meaningful participation in community activities by children with ASD. This presentation will discuss current research, as well as a pilot program investigating the efficacy of aquatics with children with autism spectrum disorders and a second pilot designed to encourage carryover in the community.

    Upon completion of this course, you'll be able to:

    • Discuss impairments and functional limitations in children with ASD that can be addressed through physical therapy management.
    • Describe aquatic activities that can be used to address these limitations.
    • Explain how aquatics can be used to increase participation in community activities for children with ASD and their families.

    Friday, February 10

    Aquatic Therapy for Individuals With Neurological Disorders

    Time: 3:30 pm-5:30 pm (See Program for Room)

    (Joint Program: Neurology)

    Speakers: Yasser Salem, PT, MS, PhD, NCS, PCS, Ellen M. Godwin, PT, PhD, PCS

    Level: Intermediate

    This session presents the theoretical framework and recent empirical evidence regarding aquatic therapy for individuals with neuromuscular disorders, and highlights the unique aspects and rationale for using aquatic therapy to improve gait and balance and to augment rehabilitation of those patients. Various research studies demonstrate improvements in balance, gait, strength, range of motion, cardiovascular endurance, quality of life, and psychological well-being, and positive effects on spasticity and fatigue. The presenters will discuss how to design effective and specific aquatic exercise and treatment strategies, including the transition to land-based exercises. The session includes examples using videos of individuals with neuromuscular disorders such as multiple sclerosis, stroke, and Parkinson disease.

    Upon completion of this course, you'll be able to:

    • Identify the unique aspects of and benefits of aquatic therapy for individuals with neuromuscular disorders.
    • Summarize current evidence that supports the use of aquatic therapy for rehabilitation of people with neuromuscular disorders.
    • Apply general guidelines for effective aquatic therapy for people with neuromuscular disorders.
    • Describe the aquatic exercise precautions, implications, and concerns for people with neuromuscular disorders.
    • Cite examples of aquatic intervention strategies for treatment of balance and gait in people with neuromuscular disorders.

    Saturday, February 11

    *OVER CAPACITY -- Integrated Performance Training Using the Water for the Overhead Athlete

    Time: 8:00 am-10:00 am (See Program for Room)

    (Joint Program: Sports Physical Therapy)

    Speaker: Susan Falsone

    Level: Intermediate

    Kinetic linking of the entire body is needed for effective overhead sport activity. During this 2-hour lecture, the speaker will explore the different anatomical and biomechanical connections that link the body together to provide an effective vehicle for throwing and other overhead sports activities. In addition, the speaker will discuss examination techniques to identify common compensatory movements and effective interventions. This course is intended for sports medicine and orthopedic professionals who want to learn more about evaluation as well as land- and water-based treatment of the overhead-throwing athlete.

    Upon completion of this course, you'll be able to:

    • Describe the importance of kinetic linking as it relates to overhead movement in sports.
    • Recognize the importance of identifying dysfunctional movements known to impede normal kinetic linking for overhead movement in sports.
    • Link the assessment information to specific intervention techniques as discussed.
    • Use the course information to assist in the comprehensive evaluation and treatment planning for the overhead athlete using land-based and aquatic interventions.
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