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2232 – Balance Testing and Training

Intermediate / Pool Workshop
Chicago, IL / Saturday, November 14, 2020 – 8:00-11:00 am – 3.0 credit hours
(Classroom: 8:00-9:30 am / Indoor Pool: 9:30-11:00 am)

Faculty: Marty Biondi, PT, DPT, CSCS

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course emphasizes Dynamic Balance Training using the water to provide challenges, progressions and safety when appropriate. Participants will be provided a discussion of the physical complexity involved with appropriate static and dynamic balance with emphasis on the multiple physiological systems involved. Additionally, literature which substantiates the use of aquatics to positively impact the land-based intervention will provide the backdrop for discussion of aquatic protocols. Lastly, the classroom discussion will conclude with a discussion of balance testing to assist with interventional techniques.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:
1) Recognize the complexity of dynamic balance and the physiological systems required to perform it.
2) Identify four balance tests and how each is related to a different component of balance.
3) Recognize the difference between static and dynamic balance and the importance of training each.
4) Identify four unique components that water provides and its effectiveness as noted in the literature.
5) Recognize aquatics progressions to benefit balance deficits. 

FACULTY: Marty Biondi, PT, DPT, CSCS, provides physical therapy at several clinics in the Chicago area, including Therapeutic & Wellness Specialists, Lake Forest Place, and Sennogroup Rehabilitation and Wellness. She is responsible for all aspects of patient care with a varied patient load that includes orthopedic and complex neurological as the primary diagnoses. She has been involved in various aspects of aquatics for over 30 years including pool administration, design and program implementation, risk management, and as a physical therapist using water to treat various diagnoses.