2330 – Neuro Cross Training for Ortho Patients

Intermediate / 7-hour Workshop


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



We often classify patients into two main categories: those with orthopedic diagnoses and those with neurological impairments. However, all of our clients have nerves and a central nervous system. Incorporating facilitation techniques, variations to exercise parameters and brain games is an easy and effective way to improve outcomes. This course presents neurological cross training techniques to optimize rehabilitation and facilitate neurogenesis for those patients with orthopedic issues.


A combination of clinical pearls and current research are presented to assist the aquatic therapist in choosing from a variety of techniques to enhance rehabilitation programs for individuals across the lifespan. These techniques assist in improving strength, balance, coordination, agility, motor planning and pain modulation. The pool lab will focus on practical applications of these techniques with common aquatic exercise used in the treatment of orthopedic clients.



1)  Explore latest research in respect to neurogenesis and rehabilitation strategies.

2)  List at least four different ways to cue exercise to improve motor performance.

3)  Incorporate mental tasks with physical activity to improve motor control.

4)  Describe pain modulation strategies to reduce central sensitization.

5)  Modify and apply various techniques to aquatic exercise with the goal of neurogenesis and improved function.


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.