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2019 – Long Haulers – Recovery from COVID-19

Intermediate / Half-Day Workshop
Edmond, OK / Sunday, September 19, 2021 – 8:00-11:30 am – 3.5 credit hours
(Classroom: 8:00-9:45 am / Indoor Pool: 9:45-11:30 am)

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

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Current research estimates about 10% of COVID-19 patients will continue to have symptoms after recovering and testing negative. These individuals have been named “long haulers”. There seems to be no consistent reason for the prolonged symptoms. This condition can affect anyone- young, old, healthy and those with co-morbidities. It affects those hospitalized and those considered to have a mild case. COVID-19 survivors can experience prolonged fatigue, muscle weakness, sleep difficulties, anxiety, cognitive processing difficulties and cardiopulmonary deficits.

This course will present the current evidence and best practice in addressing the needs of these individuals, including defining severity levels of COVID-19 and providing outcome measures recommended to demonstrate functional recovery and treatment strategies. Treatment will focus on applying aquatic interventions to maximize the client’s recovery, addressing specific residual impairments found in post COVID-19 patients.

1) State the NIH classification for COVID-19 disease severity.
2) List five outcome measures for adults and four outcome measures for children recommended to demonstrate functional recovery in individuals with COVID-19.
3) Apply aquatic interventions to the treatment approaches to improve functional recovery in post COVID-19 individuals.

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 (, 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.