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2603 – BackHab

Intermediate / Half-Day Course
Green Bay, WI / Sunday, February 27, 2022 – 12:00-3:30 pm – 3.5 credit hours
(Indoor Pool: 12:00-1:45 pm / Classroom: 1:45-3:30 pm)

Faculty: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The BackHab program focuses on relearning functional movement patterns with carryover to activities of daily living. Progressions are included to further challenge qualities such as balance, coordination, endurance, trunk stability and gait. Alignment with neutral spine is re-evaluated with every change in exercise. Precautions and modifications are included.

The program has proven to be ideal for clients with chronic pain, with shoulder, hip, knee, ankle and back disorders, and with chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia, MS, arthritis, asthma, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure. Older adults and those recovering from strokes will also benefit. BackHab can be used in one-on-one rehab and personal training, in groups, and the client can use it independently for post-rehab conditioning.

1) Differentiate between progressions for balance, coordination, endurance, muscular strength, etc.
2) Compare goals for each exercise.
3) Analyze and practice stride length, width, swing and roll.
4) Experience continuous, graded resistance.
5) Assess patient/client with exercise-specific considerations.
6) Expand therapeutic tools to integrate muscular endurance and strength, balance, coordination, trunk stability, and gait training.
7) Evaluate balance challenges.

FACULTY: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC, Director of Education of ATRI and an internationally recognized leader in the Aquatic Therapy industry, Ruth, is dedicated to the growth and betterment of the industry through her development efforts. She has founded six successful businesses and holds numerous awards and honors. She educates and energizes audiences with her presentations on personal growth, entrepreneurship, aquatic therapy-fitness, and business development. Sova founded the Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute, Inc. (ATRI) a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to the professional development of health care professionals involved with aquatic therapy. She is founder of the Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA). Ruth has authored over 170 articles, 18 books, and has produced over 50 DVDs and CDs.