3304 – Aquatic Lumbopelvic Stabilization Protocol

Advanced / 3-hour Workshop


Faculty:  Luis G. Vargas, PhD, PT, ATRIC



The structure and clinical applications of the four stages of the Aquatic Lumbopelvic Stabilization Protocol will be presented in theory and practiced in the pool session. The anatomy and biomechanics of the lumbopelvic complex will be discussed.



1) Describe the biomechanics of the lumbopelvic complex.

2) Identify the anatomical structures that provide support and stability to the lumbopelvic complex.

3) Explore the structure and stages of the ALS Protocol.

4) Selectively apply the various stages and activities featured in the ALS Protocol given the patient’s clinical diagnosis.


FACULTY: Dr. Luis G. Vargas has been a physical therapist for over 30 years. Clinically, he brings a wealth of experience and expertise in the areas of cardiopulmonary physical therapy, oncology, infectious disease and, most significantly, aquatic rehabilitation. Academically, he is an experienced anatomist at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He is the author of the book “Aquatic Therapy: Interventions and Applications”. Dr. Vargas is the recipient of the 2004 Aquatic Therapy Professional of the Year Award and the 2000 Dolphin Award from the Aquatic Therapy and Rehabilitation Institute for his contributions to the aquatic rehabilitation industry. He has created numerous interventions and protocol for various diagnostic groups and has completed several research studies to establish clinical validity for given aquatic therapy interventions.