2302 – Shoulder Pathology and Protocols

Intermediate / Lecture


Washington, DC / Thursday, February 21, 2019 – 1:00-3:00 pm – 2.0 credit hours

(Classroom: 1:00-3:00 pm)


Chicago, IL / Saturday, April 13, 2019 – 1:30-4:30 pm – 3.0 credit hours

(Classroom: 1:30-4:30 pm)


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



The shoulder is a complex joint that relies on muscle balance for stability and functional use of the upper extremity. The aquatic environment is ideal for rehabilitation of various shoulder injuries and recovery from surgery. This lecture will focus on review of various shoulder pathologies linking key points to land and aquatic protocols to assist the aquatic therapist in the clinical decision-making process in patients with shoulder pathology. This course is intended to increase the therapist’s knowledge on the shoulder anatomy and pathology to better understand clinical protocols and exercise progressions.



1)  Describe key points of shoulder rehabilitation including precautions during rehabilitation phases for various shoulder injuries/surgery including rotator cuff, labrum, impingement syndrome/ sub-acromial decompression, frozen shoulder, and total shoulder replacement.

2)  Apply variety of aquatic protocols for shoulder rehabilitation.


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.