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2632 – Ai Chi Balance

Intermediate / Half-Day Workshop
Sanibel, FL / Thursday, June 3, 2021 – 7:30-11:00 am – 3.0 credit hours
(Pool: 7:30-9:00 am / Classroom: 9:30-11:00 am)

Faculty: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC / Mary Wykle, PhD, ATRIC

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Ai Chi Balance will address the impact of the brain and its impact on spatial navigation that leads to a disrupted neuromuscular response, exacerbating balance and navigation challenges.  The importance of posture and core strength and how it can exacerbate spinal issues impacts balance.

Because of the diversity of types of cognitive issues and spinal surgeries, aquatic therapy must have balance and range of motion primary to determine the correct adjustments to Ai Chi. Aquatic rehabilitation increases blood flow to the brain and may delay progression of balance deficits. Options should address balance, coordination, gait, and recovery to center of balance. Activities of daily living also require adaptation and specialized ways to address these will be included. As we all recognize, we live on land, but we can make rapid gains toward independence in the water.

1) Identify types of cognitive issues such as dementias and spinal issues that affect balance.
2) Develop an aquatic program for patients with dementias or spinal issues.
3) Plan a progressive Ai Chi pool program.
4) Experience Ai Chi modifications applicable for anyone who has balance issues due to brain trauma and those with spinal issues that challenge or restrict range of motion.

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.

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).