3209 – Geriatric Certificate

Advanced / Pool Workshop


Sanibel, FL / Thursday, June 21, 2018 – 5.5 credit hours

Pool: 7:30-9:00 am

Classroom: 9:30-11:00 am

Lunch/Exhibit Hall: 11:00 am-1:00 pm

Pool: 1:00-2:15 pm

Classroom: 2:45-4:00 pm


Faculty: Mary Wykle, PhD, ATRIC / David Berry, PhD, AT, ATC, ATRIC / Steph Toogood, Aquatic Specialist



The rapid growth of the aging population (age 50+) presents unprecedented opportunity for those who understand how to help these clients effectively. This comprehensive and innovative course, featuring three experts in this area, is just what you need to become an expert in functional training for mature adults. Whether you conduct private therapy sessions, small-group trainings or group fitness classes, the techniques learned in this valuable certificate will serve you and your clients for years to come.


The Geriatric Certificate offers and identifies: 

Aging process concepts 

Research supporting the use of aquatic therapy

Detailed programming of activities for balance, pain, gait and confidence

Maintaining or regaining independence

Restoring and improving function and increasing mobility for better strength and balance

Geriatric syndromes

Fall prevention progressions



1)  Define the process of aging, the accepted definition based on definitive guidelines, and resultant outcomes.

2)  Review the literature supporting aging and physical activity and the importance of aquatic therapy.

3)  Explain the difference between arthritis and osteoarthritis and how aquatic exercise and rehabilitation affects lifestyle and activity.

4)  Examine the statistical impairment as a result of falls, spinal/back pain, and importance of why and how to improve or delay the impact of balance challenges.


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).


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.


Steph Toogood, AS, is the UK AEA training specialist, international educator and presenter of water fitness. She was a Fab After 50 Health Achiever nominee for Fitness Professionals Fitness Leader of the Year Award, named as one of the Top 10 Fitness Instructors in the UK by the Independent on Sunday, and has received the AEA Global Award for Educational Excellence.