1311 – Vertical Techniques for Lower Extremity Rehab

Beginner / 3-hour Workshop


Faculty: Connie Jasinskas, MSc



The aquatic environment allows the elimination, reduction, or gradual re-introduction of gravity while rehabilitating LE injuries. This workshop will explore specific exercises for LE segments, as well as aquatic protocols to improve balance, core stability and gait. Muscular imbalance related to guarding the injured limb will be addressed.  Progressions using open and closed kinetic chain exercises for the lower extremity will be discussed, tried and applied.  Emphasis will be placed on optimizing functional recovery for ADL or sport performance.



1) Define specific aquatic rehabilitation goals for a variety of LE injuries.

2) Experience and practice open and closed kinetic chain aquatic exercises to restore LE ROM, muscular strength and endurance.

3) Experience and practice techniques to restore muscle balance, improve core stability and normalize gait.

4) Explore aquatic tools to assist LE rehab.

5) Practice teaching strategies for optimal program delivery.

6) Evaluate efficacy of LE rehab, adjust goals and progress exercise protocols as required to achieve optimal function.


FACULTY: Connie Jasinskas, MSc, is an international educator through her company, For the Love of Fit. She is the author of numerous educational resources and is currently providing aquatic rehab for Canadian Back Institute Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Centre in Cambridge, Ontario.