2404 – Lumbar Stabilization Linking Land and Pool

Intermediate / Pool Workshop


Allentown, PA / Saturday, October 12, 2019 – 8:00 am-5:00 pm – 8.0 credit hours

Indoor Pool: 8:00-10:00 am

Classroom: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Lunch on own: 12:00-1:00 pm

Classroom: 1:00-2:00 pm

Indoor Pool: 2:00-5:00 pm


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



Because our daily lives involve functioning on land and fighting the forces of gravity, it is essential for the long-term success of a spine stabilization exercise program to introduce land-based exercise. This workshop will discuss the key components to a spine stabilization progression linking both land and water exercises at each phase of the program.  Evidence-based research is presented and applied to the practical application of aquatic and land exercise. The pool lab portion will allow the therapist to progress spine stabilization exercise and challenge all three planes of stability.



1)  List primary muscles involved and their role in active stabilization of the lumbar spine.

2)  Discuss current evidence in respect to lumbar stabilization including available aquatic exercise for the treatment of lower back diagnoses.

3)  Describe the key elements of each of the three phases of lumbar stabilization.

4)  Choose appropriate level land and water exercises for effective progression of spine stabilization.

5)  Select equipment to facilitate or challenge pool stabilization exercise.

6)  Cue, progress and integrate water and land core stabilization exercise for effective treatment with the goal of reaching highest functional levels possible. 


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.