2619 – Upper Quarter Connections and Aquatic Therapy Progressions

Intermediate / 3-hour Workshop


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


COURSE DESCRIPTION: It is impossible to treat the shoulder in isolation. The cervical and thoracic spine influence the shoulder girdle and often injuries and symptoms at the elbow and wrist can be associated with proximal impairments. This workshop will present evidence-based medicine on upper quarter connections with exercise focusing on progressions from increasing mobility to improving stability and strength ending with functional integration. Although orthopedic diagnoses are the primary concentration for case examples and clinical pearls presented, the exercises can be applied to neurologically impaired and general conditioning clients. 



1)  Describe biomechanical relationships of the upper quarter.

2)  Perform manual stretching and techniques in the water to improve flexibility of the upper quarter.

3)  Design, cue and progress upper quadrant strengthening aquatic exercise.

4)  Incorporate purposeful integration type activities in the aquatic exercise program to maximize functional recovery.

5)  State precautions to specific orthopedic upper limb diagnoses especially as they relate to aquatic exercise. 


FACULTY: Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, OCS, ATRIC, is a licensed physical therapist with over 18 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 Pilatesª 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.