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2232 – Balance Testing and Training Across the Continuum

Intermediate / Full-Day Course
Chicago, IL / Thursday, April 7, 2022 – 7:30 am-5:00 pm – 8.0 credit hours
Classroom: 7:30-11:30 am
Lunch on own: 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Indoor Pool: 12:30-3:30 pm
Classroom: 3:30-5:00 pm

Faculty: Marty Biondi, PT, DPT, CSCS

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Consider the complex involvements of multiple systems of the body that must function to just keep us upright—then start to move, and the cascade of events becomes mind boggling. This class will consider the complexities of balance throughout the ages; the critical aspects of balance and what occurs with the aging process to put us at risk, not only to fall, but to decline. A progression for balance training will evolve with emphasis on water and what it uniquely brings to the rehab process. Finally, there will be a discussion of the literature to validate aquatic interventions.

1) Recognize the complexity of dynamic balance and the physiological systems required to perform it, both with daily activities and when challenged.
2) Recognize the difference between static and dynamic balance and the importance of training each.
3) Identify four unique components that water provides and its effectiveness with respect to balance training and upgrades.
4) Recognize the importance of providing accurate balance training for the older adult.

FACULTY: Marty Biondi, PT, DPT, CSCS, has been involved in aquatics for over thirty years as a physical therapist and group exercise instructor for various levels. She is part-owner of an outpatient physical therapy clinic where she sees a variety of adult orthopedic and neurologic patients. Currently, Marty is involved in research emphasizing functional improvements using aquatic interventions.