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2500 – Core Exercise for Neuro Conditions/Regressing to Progressing for the Brain

Intermediate / Half-Day Workshop
Sanibel, FL / Tuesday, June 1, 2021 – 12:45-4:00 pm – 3.0 credit hours
(Classroom: 12:45-2:15 pm / Pool: 2:30-4:00 pm)

Faculty: Mary LaBarre, PT, DPT, ATRIC – Core Exercise for Neuro Conditions
Maria Pritz, EdD – Regressing to Progressing for the Brain

Core Exercise for Neuro Conditions
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will provide evidence-based research for treatment of individuals with Parkinson’s Disease, stroke/CVA and other movement disorders. The course will discuss the use of aquatic exercise in rehabilitation and community exercise programs.

1) Identify the prevalence of Parkinson’s Disease and stroke/CVA and discuss possible risk factors for developing disease.
2) Discuss exercise and its effect on Parkinson’s and post-stroke symptoms.
3)  Discuss use of aquatic exercise for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease, CVA/stroke and other neurological disorders (1:1 rehab into wellness populations).

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.

Regressing to Progressing for the Brain
COURSE DESCRIPTION: For best results in physical rehabilitation, a therapist can apply the pedagogical technique in which a certified healthcare/fitness professional (OT, PT, Recreational Therapy, Physical Education Teachers, Exercise Physiologist) will conduct a fitness assessment with the principles of the “Functional Movement Screen” and will use the data to design a progressive, customized, challenging and effective functional training/group fitness program with these steps:

  1. The health care/ fitness professional will lead every exercise return to previous state – which is regression. When we move, some muscles must contract while others relax. This happens automatically. The central and peripheral neurological system drive the movement command through sensory and reflex behavior. The sensory system takes in information as the body moves through space; changes position, posture, speed; and responds to gravity and different forms of tactile feedback. The motor system creates and controls tension in stabilizing and moving muscles. It responds to sensory feedback with gross or fine motor control. Regressing the exercises will not only help address muscle imbalances, but it will also bring challenge back to your routine, reset motor patterns to make the workouts more effective, promote lean muscle, improve muscular conditioning, flexibility, balance, muscle elasticity, improve joint stability/mobility, help avoid plateaus and burn more calories.
  2. The health care/ fitness professional will be able to design moves forward – which is progressive, customized, challenging and effective conditioning and training/group fitness program. Conditioning means integrating, harmonizing, and coordinating. Integration is art of coordinating balance, flexibility, agility, and strength into each other and find the sense of wholeness/flow. Goal is to raise one’s neuromuscular capacity for movement, energy expenditure, and neuromuscular coordination. In training we begin to focus on sports specifics. The objective is to expand person’s physical limits, to enhance personal skills, sense of flow and optimizing performance.
  3. The best part about regressing to progress is that it’s progressive. One will relearn movements, improve performance and develop skills that can be applied to more challenging and fun exercises. All exercises have to be practiced in slow-medium-fast speed levels. Each speed level can be different for each person and has a different purpose:

Slow speed – it makes possible to pay attention to the movement process, to concentrate on relaxation while in motion and to understand the kinesthetic aspect of motion.

Medium speed – one can combine an internal awareness of balance, relaxation, and coordination with a sense of flow. Movement requires less thoughts and begin to become more integrated.

Fast speed – push the limits of neurological and muscular response time to challenge. Any defect in coordination or perception are clearly indicated when one is trying to move as quickly as possible. Moving in fast is an excellent teaching tool for body mind integration.

1) Review and increase knowledge in theory of Functional Neurology, Sensory Stimulation, Sensory Integration and Somatic.
2) Examine the theory and philosophy of the SykorovaSynchro Method℠ as an educational tool for “regressing to progress” exercises.
3) Experience and perform somatic movement/intuitive movement to release muscular tension triggered by habitual muscular contractions which cannot be voluntarily relaxed.
4) Determine Methodology and Didactics of Functional/Neuromuscular conditioning.
5) Increase clinical knowledge and skill how to develop, design and apply neuromuscular exercises for regression and its sequencing with progression into practice.
6) Examine the practical application of a clinical study of the SykorovaSynchro Method℠ (keys studies – restore/improvement of overall health factors and sense of well-being.

 FACULTY: Maria Pritz, EdD, is an exercise physiologist with 28 years of experience in developing and implementing health, fitness and wellness programs for corporations, health clubs, and schools. She earned her doctorate in education (specialty in Physical Education and Sports) from Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. Her unique training method involves integration of multidisciplinary techniques to achieve overall health and optimized performance. She is a member of Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA) Research Council, author of health fitness articles, and presenter for national and international conferences. She has researched and developed an aquatic fitness exercise program targeting pain management (e.g. fibromyalgia, posttraumatic stress release, neuromuscular conditioning, and reconditioning of athletes).