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2516 – Cognition and Aging

Intermediate / Half-Day Workshop
Morgantown, WV / Sunday, August 22, 2021 – 12:00-3:30 pm / 3.5 credit hours
(Classroom: 12:00-1:45 pm / Indoor Pool: 1:45-3:30 pm)

Washington, DC / Friday, September 10, 2021 – 8:00-11:00 am / 3.0 credit hours
(Classroom: 8:00-9:30 am / Indoor Pool: 9:30-11:00 am)

Edmond, OK / Sunday, September 19, 2021 – 8:00-11:30 am / 3.5 credit hours
(Indoor Pool: 8:00-9:45 am / Classroom: 9:45-11:30 am)

Faculty: Mary Wykle PhD, ATRIC

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will evaluate diagnoses such as congestive heart failure, stroke, aphasia, cerebral aneurisms, and trauma from the impact to the head from resultant falls; and medical conditions that may lead to the challenges of daily physical functioning and quality of life. It is important to evaluate how participation in water rehabilitation can positively affect the brain. This course shows the importance of aquatic rehab to support our mental health and well-being. Explore how water immersion, water exercise, water views, and water sounds help to heal our minds from the effects of chronic stress, depression, and other illnesses resulting from the common diagnoses that impact the functioning of the brain and thus, the movement of the entire body and the interaction with others.

Research shows the impact on cognitive and motor skills when immersed to chest depth in the water to be positive. We’ll attempt to determine what path to pursue in each of the diagnoses identified and what benefit is possible to achieve.

1) Recognize and understand basic brain function and how deficits impact all aspects of daily life.
2) Gain a basic exposure to current research associated with the use of aquatic interventions for brain-related disorders.
3) Examine the progressive disease processes associated with CVA (stroke, cerebral aneurisms, coronary heart disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, brain injury).
4) Explore common muscular dysfunctions associated with brain-related disorders to assist in providing appropriate treatment progressions.
5) Provide therapeutic exercise interventions with specific emphasis on aquatics that address those specific movement impairments associated with various brain-related disorders.
6) Determine appropriate aquatic equipment usage with therapeutic exercises to address various movement impairments associated with common brain-related disorders.

FACULTY: Mary O. Wykle, PhD, ATRIC, presents for ATRI and AEA. Course development includes aquatic re-conditioning programs for the Army and USMC. Additional programs include Aqua Pi-Yo-Chi™, Core Stabilization and Safety Training. Aquatic recognitions include: AEA Global Award for Lifetime Achievement (2010); ISHOF Adapted Aquatics Award (2007); ATRI Aquatic Professional of the Year (2006); ATRI Tsunami Spirit Award (2004) and ATRI Dolphin Award (2002).