2305 – Complex Shoulder Solutions

Intermediate / 3-hour Workshop


Faculty:  Terri Mitchell, BA, PTA, ATRIC



Whether for strengthening, stabilizing, stretching or relaxing, the various body positions in the water provide several options for treating persons with shoulder injuries in the therapy pool. We will practice positioning different body types in the water with appropriate flotation. Get hands-on experience with PROM, isometric and isotonic exercises for the shoulder and UE for persons with ortho and neuro diagnoses including frozen shoulder, CVA, rotator cuff repair and arthritis. Stretch, stabilize and strengthen shoulders in the pool.



1)  Examine benefits and limitations of being vertical, prone and supine in the therapeutic pool.

2)  Review shoulder diagnoses including frozen shoulder, shoulder impingement, rotator cuff injury and arthritis.

3)  Determine the aquatic therapy intervention benefits for shoulder patients.

4)  Describe short and long-term goals for various shoulder patients.

5)  Gain hands-on experience with various aquatic therapy techniques to use with shoulder patients.


FACULTY: Terri Mitchell, BA, PTA, ATRIC, has been involved with aquatic fitness since 1982. She is a Training Specialist with the Aquatic Exercise Association, a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) specializing in aquatic therapy, and instructor of a variety of aquatic fitness classes to persons of all ages and abilities. Terri is on staff at the University of Texas at Austin and enjoys working with young adults in the water. She holds certifications from AEA, ATRI, and IAR. Terri is a Certified Personal Trainer for both land and water. She is co-author of “Applications of PNF Techniques in the Aquatic Setting” manual and co-producer of “PNF in the Pool” video. She is the 2001 recipient of ATRI’s Dolphin Award and the 2010 recipient of the ATRI Professional Award.