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1309 – Progressions to Improve Functional Gait

Beginner / Pool Workshop
Chicago, IL / Saturday, November 14, 2020 – 8:00-11:00 am – 3.0 credit hours
(Indoor Pool: 8:00-9:30 am / Classroom: 9:30-11:00 am) 

Faculty: Katrien Lemahieu, MSEN, ATRIC

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Gait is more than just walking! It has components such as speed, distance, pace, and timing that all need to be coordinated. The better they connect, the more improvement is possible. In this workshop, some of the variations and progressions will be structured for better gait and fewer falls, which will lead to better functioning on land. We will use the properties of the water for stronger gait training – drag, turbulence, inertia, etc. With inertia, we will ‘brake’ (for balance and fall prevention) and engage the hamstrings by starting to walk or run with turbulence. We’ll use Unpredictable Command Technique for better trunk control during trunk glide and heel strike. Learn a few new hip and ankle strategies.

1) Explore gait in function and in technique.
2) Apply physics concepts to challenge gait skills.
3) Experience progressions to improve varied skills during gait, including balance and stability.
4) Watch and discuss videos of challenged walkers.

FACULTY: Katrien Lemahieu, MSEN, ATRIC, has 20-plus years of experience in aquatics and has been a presenter worldwide since 2005. She studied physical education and holds a degree in Special Movement Education with an emphasis in Motoric Remedial Teaching and a focus on pediatrics. She has developed three e-learning programs on aquatic fitness (AquaMagicMoves) and is CEO of two educational institutes for aquatics: Kataqua for aquatic fitness and ProOZo for swimming. She is the organizer of the annual European Aquatic Fitness Conference (EAFC).