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2233 – Boot Camp

Intermediate / Pool Workshop
Chicago, IL / Saturday, November 14, 2020 – 1:30-4:30 pm – 3.0 credit hours
(Indoor Pool: 1:30-3:00 pm / Classroom: 3:00-4:30 pm) 

Faculty: David Berry, PhD, AT, ATC, ATRIC

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Training in the aquatic environment is one of the toughest activities a person can engage in if it’s done correctly. The aquatic environment is not just for rehabilitation. It is also a viable option for fitness training for persons of all ages. Aquatic training and condition is as effective as traditional, land-based weight training, and it opens people up to a variety of new exercises to enhance performance and improve quality of life. The aquatic environment provides support and resistance and allows people to work different muscle groups by improving overall flexibility and strength. A well-crafted aquatic program can improve flexibility, strength, and balance and coordination. It reduces the perception of pain and decreases the risk of injury and finally improves quality of life. An aquatic training program may also be just the thing to change up a person’s athletic or fitness routine.

Boot camps are fitness classes that vary in style, but generally include a fairly intense mix of strength training and aerobic elements. One boot camp workout might stress calisthenics while another stresses military-style drills. Workouts may focus on some form of cardiovascular exercise (running, hiking, interval training, or obstacle course challenges), along with strength elements (using dumbbells, exercise bands, or the resistance of your own body weight). Finally, participates ma also work on flexibility in a stretch portion of the class, which may incorporate elements of yoga or Pilates.  Thus, boot camps are a multi-dimensional activity can incorporate a wide range of activities.

What was once a land-based activity has now become an aquatic based activity as an energetic and challenging way to work out in a pain free environment. The session will examine the current scientific evidence for, application of and effects of aquatic boot camp training in the adult population. We will attempt to answer the question, “What are the effects of aquatic boot camp training interventions in adults on outcomes such strength, power, cardiovascular function, and range of motion.

1) Define the term “aquatic boot camp training.”
2) Identify the components of an aquatic boot camp training program.
3) Compare and contrast boot camp training programs from a land and aquatic based perspective.
4) Discuss the goals and benefits of a boot camp training program.
5) Examine and discuss the current scientific evidence to determine the effectiveness and efficacy of boot camp training programs, especially as they are related to patient-oriented and disease-oriented outcomes.
6) Explain how to design and implement an aquatic boot camp training program including training procedures, equipment, and safety concerns.
7) Demonstrate some of the training techniques and procedures that may be utilized.

FACULTY: David Berry, PhD, AT, ATC, ATRIC, is a Professor, Athletic Training Program Director at SVSU, and author (Emergency Trauma Management for Athletic Trainers). He serves as an active member of the Board of Certification, American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Committee, and the Sports Education Council (Michigan Cardiovascular Institute) educating the community and professionals on emergency planning and sudden cardiac awareness.