The Aquatic Physical Therapy Section is proud to support APTA's Recognition of Advanced Proficiency for the PTA. PTAs interested in obtaining recognition will find the eligibility requirements and application information at this link.
Upcoming Webinar: October 21, 2014
Aquatic Exercise Program for Patients with Neurological Disorders: Evidence-Based Approach
This session will provide evidence-based aquatic exercises for patients with neurological disorders. The goals of this session are to 1) present the theoretical framework and recent empirical evidence regarding aquatic exercises for patients with neurological disorders; and 2) highlight the use of aquatic exercises for patients with neurological disorders.
This session will review common impairments seen in people with neurological disorders. The unique aspects and rationale for using aquatic exercises for patients with neurological disorders will be presented. The current evidence on the effects of aquatic exercises in people with neurological disorders will be presented to guide practical application of aquatic therapy. This session will present general guidelines for treatment design and uses of aquatic exercise in rehabilitation. We will discuss how to design effective and specific aquatic exercise and treatment strategies. This presentation will highlight the use of aquatic therapy to improve gait and balance and the transition to land based exercises in people with neurological disorders. Selected patient examples using videos of individuals with neurological disorders including patients with multiple sclerosis, stroke, and Parkinson's will be presented.
Course Objectives: In this course participants will be able to:
Identify the unique aspects and benefits of aquatic therapy for patients with neurological disorders
Overview current evidence that supports the use of aquatic therapy for rehabilitation of patients with neurological disorders
Present general guidelines for effective aquatic therapy for patients with neurological disorders
Describe the aquatic exercise precautions, implications, and concerns for patients with neurological disorders
Presents examples of aquatic intervention strategies for treatment of balance and gait in patients with neurological disorders
Common impairments seen in patients with neurological disorders
Unique aspects of aquatic therapy as a rehabilitation approach
Review of current evidence
General guideline for treatment design - 20 minutes
Special considerations - 5 minutes
Discuss examples of aquatic intervention for balance and gait - 20 minutes
Summary of the topic and final thoughts - 10 minutes
Yasser Salem PT, MS, PhD, NCS, PCS
Dr. Salem is a board certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist and a board certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist. Dr. Salem earned his PhD in physical therapy from the University of Central Arkansas. He also has an Advanced Master Degree in physical therapy with concentration in pediatrics, and he received his professional physical therapy education from Cairo University. Dr. Salem is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, University of North Texas Health Science Center. He teaches courses in examination and intervention of the clients with neurologic dysfunction, as well as content in neuroscience, neuropathology, pediatrics, and motor control. Dr. Salem has conducted continuing education courses and given numerous presentations at national and international meetings. He has published in a variety of journals including Neurorehabilitation, Stroke, Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy, Journal of Aquatic Physical Therapy, Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, and Disability and Rehabilitation. In addition, he has served as an editorial reviewer for several journals including European Journal of Neurology, Disability and Rehabilitation, Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, and Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation. He maintains clinical experience in adult and pediatric rehabilitation. Dr. Salem is the Director of Research of the Aquatic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. Dr. Salem is the Co-Editor of the Journal of Aquatic Physical Therapy.
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Aqua-Leuven 2015, the second European conference on evidence based aquatic therapy will be held in Leuven Belgium April 15 - 18, 2015.
We are very happy to announce that the KULeuven, Faculty of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences will organize the conference. Aqua-Leuven 2015 will be the follow-up event of theÂ first European Conference on Evidence Based Aquatic Therapy, ECEBAT which was held in Izmir, Turkey in March 2013.
The first event was a huge success with some 150 delegates from 30 countries. Aqua-Leuven 2015 will be a great opportunity for professionals in the field of Aquatic Therapy, to hear about the latest research worldwide, while at the same time meeting with experts and discussing with peers. You will enjoy the great learning environment of the University of Leuven andÂ the unique atmosphere the historic town of Leuven has to offer.
Aquatic Therapy is becoming increasingly popular in short as well as long term rehabilitation and fitness training. Nevertheless after thousands of years, the unique properties of water lead us to discover even more new ways to improve rehabilitation and training outcomes. Register andÂ enjoy a professionally organized conference and catch up with the latest research in a relaxing environment.
Introduction to AquaStretch: A New Aquatic Manual Release Technique
August 16th, 2014
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
This beginner/intermediate level course presents the foundations and applications
of AquaStretch, a new form of individual and facilitated aquatic exercise that is a
myofascial release technique performed in shallow water. Successful in treating patients
with chronic pain to elite athletes, AquaStretch theoretically breaks down fascial
adhesions utilizing a combination of the facilitator/therapist's manual pressure and the
patient's active movement. By restoring flexibility & reduce pain, AquaStretchâ„¢ helps to
improve function, quality of life, sleep ability, and overall health.
11th Annual World Aquatic Health Conference
Developing programs and opportunities that successfully attract and meet the needs of aging populations and those with health-related issues will prove an important strategy to help drive your business. Learn how water is the perfect medicine for a prescription to better health at the World Aquatic Health Conference, October 8-10, Doubletree by Hilton, Portland, Oregon. Earn CEUs.
The health benefit track includes:
Thursday, October 9
KEYNOTE - Patty Chang Anker - Noted Author and Fear Specialist
* Overview of Research Internationally - Bruce Becker, M.D.
* Strategies for Successful Management of Water Fitness Programs - Christine Crutcher, AEA
* Intro to Pain Management and Structural Integration - Mimi Conner
* Tools of the Pool - Craig Stuart, AEA
* Aquatic Exercise Prescription for Aging Well - Stephanie Toogood
Friday, October 10
KEYNOTE - Eadric Bressel, Hirofumi Tanaka, Paul Chantler Research Overviews
* Effects of Water Immersion on Cognitive Performance - Eadric Bressel, Ph.D.
* Benefits of Immersion & Aquatic Exercise in Cardiac Patients - Asa Cider, Ph.D., R.P.T.
* Swimming Exercise: Keep Disease and Joint Pain at Bay - Hirofumi Tanaka, Ph.D.
* Arterial Stiffness and Aquatic Exercise - Paul Chantler, Ph.D.
Plus, practical sessions in the water on Friday
To learn more about the speakers, download the full registration packet, or register, go to www.theWAHC.org. Register by August 1 and use discount code CAEarly to receive the early registration rate of $395. Most meals included as part of registration.
Aquatic Section Past Audio Conferences CDs and Webinars
Audio Conference Calls
"A Primer on Waterborne Illnesses for Aquatic Therapists"
"Practice Management Strategies: Documentation, Coding, and Billing for Aquatic Physical Therapy"
"Using Aquatics for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders"
"Lumbar Stabilization: Using Evidence to Link Land and Pool Exercise"
"Aquatics and Osteoarthritis: Pre and Post-surgical Strategies"
"Using Evidence in Practice: Writing a Case Report"
"Documenting, Coding, and Billing for Physical Therapy Interventions Provided in the Aquatic Environment"
"Building the Aquatic Therapy Team: Keeping Your Therapists Above the Water"
"Managing the Aquatic Therapy Environment Through Facility Management and Design"
"Hydrodynamics: Looking at Medical Hydrology"
Using Aquatics to treat Children with Special Needs
Practice Management Strategies: Documentation, Coding, and Billing for Aquatic Physical Therapy
The CDC's Model Aquatic Health Code Recommendations for Aquatic Therapy Facilities
Aquatic Interventions: Balance Deficits
Splish Splash: Pediatric Motor Learning in the Aquatic Environment