1205 – Aquatic Rehab for Non-Therapists

Beginner / 3-hour Lecture


Faculty: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC


COURSE DESCRIPTION: Are you, as a non-therapist, concerned that you’re overstepping your scope of practice? Worried that you’re doing the wrong exercises? Are you unsure of yourself and how to promote your program? This course is for you, the non-therapist, who would like to work in the aquatic therapy and rehab field. It is also applicable to therapy clients who have been released from therapy but continue to need guidance. We will cover basic orthopedic and neurological conditions with precautions, contraindications and indications (what works). We’ll evaluate different techniques that can be used, and what, if any, additional training is necessary. Forms and a checklist will help participants understand, review and make a plan for treating the issues, pain or difficulties that are being experienced. A basic sample plan that can be applied to most conditions is reviewed. Another, more complex, plan is offered and discussed. This allows participants to see the breadth of the spectrum of options. Business information for terms that are ‘okay to use’ (the word ‘therapy’ is not), techniques that can be used, specific precautions and marketing will all be covered. Join us and help others by participating in this exciting field.



1)  Evaluate water temperature, depth, length of sessions, frequency of sessions, groups versus one-on-one for varied populations.

2)  Design an 8-week rehab plan for the population of your choice.

3)  Translate terminology into layman’s terms.

4)  Prepare a sample press release promoting your program.

5)  Create a treatment plan that you can use on Monday.


FACULTY: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC, founder/president of ATRI, is an internationally known speaker, author and consultant. She is the founder of six different businesses including the Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute, the Aquatic Exercise Association, Living Right Magazine, America’s Certification Trainers, Armchair Aerobics Inc., and the Fitness Firm. A leader in the health and wellness industry, she also draws on her vast experience as an entrepreneur to teach others what it takes to assume the risk of business and enterprise. Ruth is the author of numerous articles and 15 books on her specialties of wellness and business. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Sevier-McCahill Disability International Foundation Award; and the John Williams, Jr. International Swimming Hall of Fame Adapted Aquatics Award. Known for her high energy and practical teaching approaches, Ruth has brought thousands of people over the years to understand the benefits of water exercise.