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1507 – Cognition and Aging / Aging Pain and the Brain

Beginner / Half-Day Workshop
Sanibel, FL / Wednesday, June 2, 2021 – 7:45-11:15 am – 3.0 credit hours
(Pool: 7:45-9:15 am / Classroom: 9:45-11:15 am)

Faculty: Mary Wykle, PhD, ATRIC – Cognition and Aging
Maria Pritz, EdD – Aging Pain and the Brain

Cognition and Aging
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will evaluate diagnoses such as congestive heart failure, stroke, aphasia, cerebral aneurisms, dementias, and trauma from the impact to the head resulting from falls; and medical conditions that may lead to the challenges of daily physical functioning and quality of life. It is important to evaluate how participation in water rehabilitation can positively affect the brain. This course shows the importance of aquatic rehab to support our mental health and well-being. Explore how water immersion, water exercise, water views, and water sounds help to heal our minds from the effects of chronic stress, depression, and other illnesses resulting from the common diagnoses that impact the functioning of the brain and thus, the movement of the entire body and the interaction with others.

Research shows the impact on cognitive and motor skills when immersed to chest depth in the water to be positive. We’ll attempt to determine what path to pursue in each of the diagnoses identified and what benefit is possible to achieve.

1) Recognize and understand basic brain function and how deficits impact all aspects of daily life.
2) Gain a basic exposure to current research associated with the use of aquatic interventions for brain-related disorders.
3) Examine the progressive disease processes associated with CVA (stroke, cerebral aneurisms, coronary heart disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, brain injury).
4) Explore common muscular dysfunctions associated with brain-related disorders to assist in providing appropriate treatment progressions.
5) Provide therapeutic exercise interventions with specific emphasis on aquatics that address those specific movement impairments associated with various brain-related disorders.
6) Determine appropriate aquatic equipment usage with therapeutic exercises to address various movement impairments associated with common brain-related disorders.

FACULTY: Mary O. Wykle, PhD, ATRIC, presents for ATRI and AEA. Course development includes aquatic re-conditioning programs for the Army and USMC. Additional programs include Aqua Pi-Yo-Chi™, Core Stabilization and Safety Training. Aquatic recognitions include: AEA Global Award for Lifetime Achievement (2010); ISHOF Adapted Aquatics Award (2007); ATRI Aquatic Professional of the Year (2006); ATRI Tsunami Spirit Award (2004) and ATRI Dolphin Award (2002).

Aging Pain and the Brain
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This workshop is based on the fundamental idea, backed by research, that stress, tension and trauma are both psychological and physical. Science is moving forward to a better understanding of the body’s deterioration.

By having a flexible spine with strong hips and thighs, the human body is ideally designed for movement such as walking, running, squatting, throwing objects and swimming. Unfortunately, during the course of a person’s life, the sensory-motor nervous system continually responds to daily stresses and traumas with specific muscular reflexes. These reflexes, triggered repeatedly, create habitual muscular contractions which cannot be relaxed–at least not voluntarily.

Muscular tension release can be done by manual pressure that is applied to the most superficial layer of tissue where dysfunction appears (pain, tension or rigidity). Once the tight tissue is stimulated, blood flow to the area increases and the tight tissue will become suppler. This allows the therapist to access the next layer of tissue without applying excessive pressure. This pattern is repeated until all layers of dysfunctional tissue are restored and the tight, rigid tissue is replaced with supple and mobile tissue. Supple and mobile tissue will be free of pain and have a greater range of motion.

1) Review and increase knowledge in theory of Functional Neurology, Sensory Stimulation, Sensory Integration, Somatic and Aging Process.
2) Gain apprentice skills of the progressive muscular relaxation via mental imagery protocol and become familiar with theory and philosophy of SykorovaSynchro Method℠- as an educational tool.
3) Experience and perform somatic movement/ intuitive movement to release muscular tension triggered by habitual muscular contractions which cannot be voluntarily relaxed, which leads to sequences of functional exercises.
4) Explore the theory of methodology and didactics of muscular tension release as a pain free movement technique and gain skill to apply it into practice.
5) Review and increase knowledge in methodology and didactics of neuromuscular conditioning.
6) Develop, design and apply neuromuscular exercises for muscular tension releases and its sequencing/ progression into practice.
7) Examine results of practical application of the SykorovaSynchro Method℠ in clinical study ( keys studies – restore/ improvement of overall health factors and sense of wellbeing).

FACULTY: Maria Pritz, EdD, is an exercise physiologist with 28 years of experience in developing and implementing health, fitness and wellness programs for corporations, health clubs, and schools. She earned her doctorate in education (specialty in Physical Education and Sports) from Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. Her unique training method involves integration of multidisciplinary techniques to achieve overall health and optimized performance. She is a member of Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA) Research Council, author of health fitness articles, and presenter for national and international conferences. She has researched and developed an aquatic fitness exercise program targeting pain management (e.g. fibromyalgia, posttraumatic stress release, neuromuscular conditioning, and reconditioning of athletes).