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2202 – Learn to Fall Safely

Intermediate / Half-Day Workshop
Sanibel, FL / Wednesday, June 2, 2021 – 1:30-5:00 pm – 3.0 credit hours
(Pool: 1:30-3:00 pm / Classroom: 3:30-5:00 pm) 

Faculty: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC /  Mary LaBarre, PT, DPT, ATRIC

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Have clients fall in the pool. Analyze it and teach them effective compensatory skills for falling. Give them exercises they can do on their own to maintain strong fall-response skills. The pool is a safe place to practice falling. We’ll review each person’s fall (and video of others) to see what compensation strategies are used to stay upright. Then we’ll find fall techniques and fall exercises that can be used in the pool that transfer to land.

1) Review common compensatory skills for different populations.
2) Explore ways to change non-effective to effective response.
3) Experience falling, fall exercises and fall techniques.
4) Apply to home exercises.

FACULTY: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC, president of the Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute, served on the Wisconsin Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, received the Governor’s Entrepreneurial Award, the IDEA Outstanding Business Award, the first Presidential Sports Award in aquatic exercise, and AEA’s Contribution to the Industry Award. She has authored eighteen books and over 50 DVDs and CDs. She is known for her work in aquatic fitness, aquatic therapy, BackHab, Ai Chi and creating connections with other aquatic, health and therapy organizations.

FACULTY: Mary LaBarre, PT, DPT, ATRIC, is a full-time physical therapist, specializing in aquatic-based rehab at YMCA Healthy Living Center in the Des Moines, Iowa metro area. She works with a variety of patient populations including cardiopulmonary, orthopedic, neurological, general debility, sports medicine and chronic pain diagnoses. Mary is also a certified clinical instructor and has participated in Diabetes Education programming. She has completed the ATRI Lumbar Stabilization and AquaStretch Specialty Certificate Programs.