3605 Š Bad Ragaz Certificate

Advanced / 6-hour Pool Workshop


Sanibel, FL / Tuesday, June 19, 2018 Š 7:45 am-4:15 pm Š 6.0 credit hours

Pool: 7:45-9:15 am

Classroom: 9:45-11:15 am

Lunch: 11:15 am-12:45 pm

Pool: 12:45-2:15 pm

Classroom: 2:45-4:15 pm


Faculty: Luis Vargas, PhD, PT, ATRIC


COURSE DESCRIPTION: This certificate course can be described as a workshop consisting of theory presented in a lecture and by a pool practice session in one of the traditional interventions in aquatic therapy: The Bad Ragaz Ring Method. Among the concepts covered in the presentation of theory are: the historical roots and evolution of the Bad Ragaz Ring Method, the structural and categorical design of the Bad Ragaz Ring Method, the indications for the application of Bad Ragaz patterns, the absolute and relative contraindications for application of the Bad Ragaz patterns, the clinical considerations when selecting Bad Ragaz as an aquatic therapy intervention, the necessary precautions and guidelines to be considered in the application of Bad Ragaz patterns, the aquatic equipment needed equipment for the application of Bad Ragaz patterns, and the general and specific physiological effects resulting from the application of Bad Ragaz patterns. Following the categorical classification of patterns, the pool practice session will highlight instruction and practice of the various Bad Ragaz patterns for a range of musculoskeletal, neurological, pediatric and geriatric conditions.



Upon completion of this certificate course, participants will have obtained:

1)  Knowledge of the history and evolution of the Bad Ragaz Ring Method as a traditional intervention in aquatic therapy.

2)  Knowledge of the categorical organization of the Bad Ragaz Ring Method and the classification of patterns.

3)  The ability to analyze each pattern by classification according to the musculoskeletal, neurological, pediatric and geriatric clinical problems for which they are intended.

4)  The ability to modify the patterns according to the patient's condition, history and/or limitations.

5)  Knowledge of the clinical considerations and guidelines to be observed in the application of patterns when selecting this aquatic therapy intervention.

6)  Knowledge of the general objectives for which the Bad Ragaz Ring Method is considered as an aquatic therapy intervention within the aquatic treatment program.

7)  Skills in the use of equipment when applying Bad Ragaz patterns and awareness of the purpose of each piece of equipment.

8)  Knowledge of the points of reference which serve as a guidance to the aquatic therapist in the integration and application of Bad Ragaz patterns.

9)  Skills in the application of Bad Ragaz patterns within the various categories and according to their classification and objective whether applied for purposes of inhibition or facilitation.

10) Knowledge of the indications and contraindications whether relative or absolute in the application of patterns of the Bad Ragaz patterns.

11)  The ability to analyze the clientÕs clinical problems in an effort to select the Bad Ragaz patterns that would be most effect given the clientÕs diagnosis.


FACULTY: Luis Vargas, PhD, PT, ATRIC, has lectured in Spain, Korea, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Mexico, in his own homeland, Puerto Rico, and throughout the US. He received the 2000 ATRI Dolphin Award, 2004 ATRI Aquatic Therapy Professional Award, 2008 APTA Ruoti Award for Scholastic Excellence in recognition of his contribution to the field of scientific research in aquatic rehabilitation, and 2010 APTA Leadership Award for his service as Vice President of the Aquatic Physiotherapy Section of the APTA. He has published two books and is the creator of several aquatic therapy interventions and protocols. He has been a professor and academic administrator at all levels in both the US and Puerto Rico, and has conducted several research studies to establish the evidence-based musculoskeletal, neurological, and cardiopulmonary effects of aquatic therapy interventions.