2239 – Athletic Mini-Track

Intermediate / Land Workshop


Sanibel, FL / Tuesday, June 19, 2018 – 12:45-4:00 pm – 3.0 credit hours

(Classroom: 12:45-4:00 pm)


Faculty: Mary Wykle, PhD, ATRIC – Warrior: Selecting Drag Equipment to Improve ADLs

David Berry, PhD, AT, ATC, ATRIC – Athletic Rehab


Warrior: Selecting Drag Equipment to Improve ADLs

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is the result of program development for the US Army and successful use with aquatic physical therapy sessions. Since most of the wounded warriors had lower extremity and/or lower back issues, the following exercise program was developed. It included core strength and balance, deep water interval cadence training, lower and upper extremity strength using drag equipment, agility, flexibility, and stretching. The success led to adoption of the basic program for the Marine Corps. It became a required training option for all Marines, not just the wounded. This required increasing the intensity of the basic program. The result is a program that is available and adjustable for all military members. This program is now primary for any injured patient or athlete needing to regain strength, re-set neuro programming, and overall physical condition.

AquaLogix omni-directional drag equipment continues as the primary equipment used in aquatic rehab for musculoskeletal injuries, brain traumas, and any population needing to increase muscular and core strength.



1)    Explain the relationship of AquaLogix equipment to the concepts of strength and conditioning.

2)    Explore omni-resistance as movement.

3)    Select exercise using AquaLogix equipment for various levels of fitness participants.

4)    Develop a safe and effective workout using AquaLogix equipment.

5)    Identify precautions and techniques to reduce the risk of injury.


FACULTY: Mary Wykle, PhD, ATRIC, presents for ATRI and AEA. Course development includes aquatic re-conditioning programs for the Army and USMC. Additional programs include Aqua Pi-Yo-Chi™, Core Stabilization and Safety Training. Aquatic recognitions include: AEA Global Award for Lifetime Achievement (2010); ISHOF Adapted Aquatics Award (2007); ATRI Aquatic Professional of the Year (2006); ATRI Tsunami Spirit Award (2004) and ATRI Dolphin Award (2002).


Athletic Rehab

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Athletes who are recovering from an injury or surgery can stay fit by doing water-based strengthening, stretching, proprioceptive, and sport-specific exercises. For the athlete, specificity of training is an important element to maximizing the application of fitness. Athletes who participate in sports that involve running could benefit from either shallow- or deep-water running, depending on weight-bearing limitations. Cardiovascular training includes deep-water running, cross-country skiing, kicking with or without fins, and interval training. A symmetrical floatation device may help some patients. Resistive training for the upper extremities includes swimming and flexion, extension, abduction, adduction, and internal and external rotation exercises. Lower-extremity exercises include vertical kicking, squats while standing on a flotation board, and various jumping drills. Many exercises already mentioned strengthen the core body; other exercises for this purpose include side-of-the-pool leg lifts and trunk rotations with arms extended. Exercises for balance and proprioception include single-leg balancing on the injured leg while pushing and pulling on a kickboard or rotating the upper trunk. Examples of sport-specific exercise are jumping drills for volleyball or basketball players and bat swinging for a baseball player.


The session will examine the current scientific evidence for, application of and effects of aquatic based training for the athletic population. 



1)     Identify the phases of an athletic rehabilitation program, especially as it relates to the aquatic environment.

2)     Assess basic common athletic skills and the use of water progressions to improve these skills.

3)     Plan a comprehensive conditioning program utilizing aquatic techniques.

4)     Utilize land-to-water techniques throughout the rehabilitation progression.

5)     Implement various exercises with minimal or no equipment using a logical and safe progression for various levels of athletic abilities.

6)     Differentiate between the elite athlete and the “weekend warrior” with respect to rehabilitation and the relationship of dose, intensity and frequency with return to sport. 

7)     Examine current scientific evidence to determine the effectiveness of aquatic based training especially as they are related to patient-oriented and disease-oriented outcomes.

8)     Demonstrate the training techniques and procedures discussed above.


FACULTY: David Berry, PhD, AT, ATC, ATRIC, is a Professor, Athletic Training Program Director at SVSU, and author (Emergency Trauma Management for Athletic Trainers). He serves as an active member of the Board of Certification, American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Committee, and the Sports Education Council (Michigan Cardiovascular Institute) educating the community and professionals on emergency planning and sudden cardiac awareness.