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2207 – Athletics, Plyometrics, and Agility

Intermediate / Half-Day Course
Chicago, IL / Saturday, April 9, 2022 – 1:30-4:30 pm – 3.0 credit hours
(Classroom: 1:30-4:30 pm)

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

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The definition of agility is the ability to change the body’s position efficiently and requires the integration of isolated movement skills using a combination of balance, coordination, flexibility, endurance, speed/reflexes, and strength. Plyometric exercises are based around having muscles exert maximum force in as short a time as possible, with the goal of increasing both speed and power.

This course will focus on an aquatic exercise program to improve agility, speed and power in your clients. The lecture will focus on precautions and prerequisites to plyometric training and present most recent evidence regarding the success of utilizing aquatic plyometric training. We will also discuss implementation of aquatic  rehabilitation for ACL and ankle sprain injuries in the athletic population.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:
1) List the components to developing agility.
2) State precautions, contraindications and prerequisites for plyometric training.
3) Discuss the latest research reading aquatic plyometric programs compared to land-based programs.
4) Cue and progress aquatic exercise to improve, speed, agility and power.

FACULTY: Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, OCS, ATRIC, is a physical therapist specializing in orthopedic and aquatic therapy, and owner of North County Water and Sports Therapy Center in San Diego (www.waterpt.com). In 1991, Beth earned her PT degree from the University of Connecticut and in 2006, earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Boston University. She has achieved certification and re-certification as a clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy. As a Certified STOTT PilatesTM Instructor, Beth incorporates the use of Pilates basic principles into her exercise programs. In 2010, Beth was honored with the Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute’s Tsunami Spirit Award and in 2012, she was named the Aquatic Therapy Professional of the Year. In 2015, the Aquatic Section of the APTA presented Beth with the Judy Cirullo Award in recognition of her promotion of aquatic therapy. Additional aquatic therapy certifications include Master Instructor for the Burdenko Method and Trainer for AquaStretchTM.