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Recognition of Advanced Proficiency for the PTA

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.

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Non-Section Continuing Education Opportunities

If your organization is interested in posting their aquatic physical therapy event here, contact the Aquatic PT Section, aquaticspt@apta.org



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 the 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 and 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 and  enjoy a professionally organized conference and catch up with the latest research in a relaxing environment.

We hope to welcome you on Aqua-Leuven 2015!

Extra topics: Musculoskeletal ,Neurology, Pediatrics , Cardiopulmonary, Balneology, Sports injuries , Elderly , Intellectual disabilities, Women’s health, Lifestyle disorders, Aquatic education, Guideline developments 

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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, AquaStretch™ helps to
improve function, quality of life, sleep ability, and overall health.

Download Brochure Here


    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
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Aquatic Interventions: Balance Deficits
  • Splish Splash: Pediatric Motor Learning in the Aquatic Environment
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