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2610 – BackHab Certificate

Intermediate / Full-Day Course
Live via Zoom / Sunday, September 13, 2020 8:00 am-4:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time
7.0 credit hours
Pool Demo or Video: 8:00-10:00 am
Lecture: 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Lunch on own: 12:00-1:00 pm
Lecture: 1:00-4:00 pm

Faculty: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The BackHab Certificate focuses on vertical exercises for an adult population relearning functional movement patterns after injury or surgery. The exercises have carryover to activities of daily living. Edge-of-pool exercises are moved into ambulation and then progressions are added to further challenge qualities such as balance, coordination, endurance, trunk stability and proprioception. Alignment with neutral spine is re-evaluated with every change in movement pattern. Precautions and modifications are included.

While BackHab was created for back issues, it expanded its application to all orthopedic and chronic conditions when the BackHab Progressions were added. The program has been used successfully with chronic pain (from surgery, injury, fibromyalgia, arthritis, etc), with shoulder, hip, knee, and back disorders, and with chronic conditions such as asthma, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, aging issues, and with neuro issues such as MS and CVA.

The class will discuss specific application of exercises, progressions and focus. 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. The BackHab Certificate will allow practitioners to train and certify colleagues.

1) Differentiate between progressions for balance, coordination, endurance, muscular strength.
2) Compare goals for each exercise.
3) Analyze and practice stride length, width, swing and roll.
4) Experience continuous, graded resistance.
5) Evaluate alignment and neutral spine with every transition.
6) Assess patient/client with exercise-specific considerations.
7) Expand therapeutic tools to integrate muscular endurance and strength, balance, coordination, trunk stability, and gait training.
8) Practice awareness of alignment with varied strides.
9) Experiment with balance challenges.
10) Consider the concepts of integration.
11) Follow logical progressions.

FACULTY: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC, president of the Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute, served on the Wisconsin Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, received the Governor’s Entrepreneurial Award, the IDEA Outstanding Business Award, the first Presidential Sports Award in aquatic exercise, and AEA’s Contribution to the Industry Award. She has authored eighteen books and over 50 DVDs and CDs. She is known for her work in aquatic fitness, aquatic therapy, BackHab, Ai Chi and creating connections with other aquatic, health and therapy organizations.