2334 – Wounded Warrior Ortho, Neuro, and Amputations

Intermediate / Pool Workshop


Albuquerque, NM / Sunday, March 8, 2020 – 8:00-11:30 am – 3.5 credit hours

(Classroom: 8:00-9:45 am / Indoor Pool: 9:45-11:30 am)


Boston, MA / Saturday, March 21, 2020 – 1:00-5:00 pm – 4.0 credit hours

(Classroom: 1:00-3:00 pm / Indoor Pool: 3:00-5:00 pm)


Faculty: Mary Wykle, PhD, ATRIC



Wounded Warriors is an inclusive term encompassing anyone that has sustained a traumatic injury. They are not specifically military and veterans, but second responders, police, and those injured in a car/motorcycle accident or playing sports at a high level. The result of these accidents includes complex musculoskeletal injuries, neurological involvement often from brain trauma, and in the most severe instances, amputation of a limb or limbs. These injuries involve surgery. Therefore, rehabilitation begins on land and once incision(s) are healed, moves to aquatic therapy and rehabilitation where faster progress is achieved. Self-confidence provides reduced fear of falling, regaining control of balance, increased strength and resultant range of motion. Each patient will need a personalized protocol and may require extended treatment. The goal is to improve their (new) life and achieve a positive outlook on the future.



1)  Understand the systemic effects of an amputation and the musculoskeletal, neurological, and cardiovascular effects.

2)  Review tests of subjective and objective performance measures.

3)  Prescribe an appropriate aquatic rehab exercise program for the patient to meet their goals.

4)  Evaluate progress of prescribed program.

5)  Experience aquatic options for balance, strength, range of motion in the pool.


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).