2011 – What Your Doc Never Told You about Mixing Water and Osteoporosis

Intermediate / Pool Workshop


Chicago, IL / Friday, April 12, 2019 – 3:15-5:15 pm – 2.0 credit hours

(Classroom: 3:15-5:15 pm)


Faculty: Marty Biondi, PT, DPT, CSCS


COURSE DESCRIPTION: While Osteoporosis has been relegated to the category of “an old lady disease” the fact that there are 2 million fractures per year attributed to it, makes it a serious condition which we are seeing in younger individuals. Typically, the concept of weight-bearing exercise does not lend itself to the water, but the current literature is compelling water as a beneficial alternative for the osteoporosis individual.



1)  Recognize the disease process of osteoporosis and its widespread deficiencies.

2)  Recognize the importance of crosstalk between muscles and bones which contributes to bone growth.

3)  Recognize the relationship between osteoporosis and sarcopenia.

4)  Understand the importance of exercise in managing osteoporosis.

5)  Recognize  the unique characteristics of water that can help in the management of osteoporosis.

6)  Recognize those aquatic exercises that address specific deficits common with osteoporosis.


FACULTY: Marty Biondi, PT, DPT, CSCS, provides physical therapy at several clinics in the Chicago area, including Therapeutic & Wellness Specialists, Lake Forest Place, and Sennogroup Rehabilitation and Wellness. She is responsible for all aspects of patient care with a varied patient load that includes orthopedic and complex neurological as the primary diagnoses. She has been involved in various aspects of aquatics for over 30 years including pool administration, design and program implementation, risk management, and as a physical therapist using water to treat various diagnoses.