2218 – Functional Posture

Intermediate / Pool Workshop


Washington, DC / Thursday, March 1, 2018 – 8:00-11:00 am – 3.0 credit hours

(Classroom: 8:00-9:30 am / Indoor Pool: 9:30-11:00 am)


Faculty: Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, OCS, ATRIC


COURSE DESCRIPTION: Posture is often described in a static position such as standing or sitting posture. Functionally, posture is dynamic and based on motor control during our everyday activities. Injury, illness, pain, muscle imbalance, inactivity and fear (of falling or pain) can all affect functional posture. This course will present the key elements to postural control and techniques to facilitate stability within the major joints while moving through desired range of motion as the foundation for functional movement. Assessment of movement is linked to exercise progression to allow the aquatic therapist to develop efficient and effective aquatic exercise programs.



1)  Describe ideal alignment for static and dynamic movements.

2)  List common impairments and movement deficits associated with the most common postural syndromes.

3)  Following basic principles, develop, cue and progress aquatic exercises to promoting functional posture.

4)  Perform techniques to facility stability for the spine and large joints prior to movement.


FACULTY: Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, OCS, ATRIC, is a licensed physical therapist with many years of experience in orthopedic and aquatic therapy. As the owner of North County Water and Sports Therapy Center in San Diego (www.waterpt.com), she continues with hands-on clinical care in addition to her role as educator. Since graduating from the University of Connecticut in 1991, Beth has belonged to the American Physical Therapy Association and has achieved certification as a Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. In January 2006, she graduated from Boston University with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Additional certifications include Certified STOTT Pilates™ instructor and Master Instructor for the Burdenko Method.


Beth not only provides continuing education for health care professionals, she is an adjunct faculty in the San Diego Mesa College PTA program, teaching Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Introduction to Pathology courses. She also provides the learning module/instruction on aquatic therapy to the University of St. Augustine San Diego Campus DPT program. She is the recipient of the 2010 ATRI Tsunami Spirit Award and the 2012 ATRI Professional Award.