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3202 – Creating Functionally Independent Clients

Advanced / Pool Workshop
Chicago, IL / Friday, November 13, 2020 – 8:00 am-5:00 pm – 8.0 credit hours
Classroom: 8:00-11:30 am
Indoor Pool: 11:30 am-1:30 pm
Lunch on own: 1:30-2:30 pm
Classroom: 2:30-5:00 pm

Faculty: Marty Biondi, PT, DPT, CSCS

COURSE DESCRIPTION: While function has been described using a physical performance platform and generally includes gait speed, dynamic balance, some aspect of strength/ROM, and cognitive, what physical/physiological constructs make or break our ability to be considered functionally independent. This class will look at several very basic “human essentials” which can drastically alter one’s abilities and are oftentimes overlooked. Three simple human characteristics—breathing, posture and strength—will be reviewed and deficiencies in each area analyzed with respect to their influence on gait speed, dynamic balance and functional strength will be dissected. Practical evaluation and management of these areas will comprise course content.

1) Recognize three aspects of posture which are critical to both gait and dynamic balance for the older adult.
2) Identify three specific breathing deficiencies that limit both gait speed and functional strength.
3) Identify four aspects of strength which influence daily function.
4) Recognize a logical progression for aquatic interventions in the management of postural deviations and strength discrepancies.
5) Identify those individuals—and specific medical conditions relative to the above-mentioned topics—for which aquatic interventions could be restricted or contraindicated.

FACULTY: Marty Biondi, PT, DPT, CSCS, provides physical therapy at several clinics in the Chicago area, including Therapeutic & Wellness Specialists, Lake Forest Place, and Sennogroup Rehabilitation and Wellness. She is responsible for all aspects of patient care with a varied patient load that includes orthopedic and complex neurological as the primary diagnoses. She has been involved in various aspects of aquatics for over 30 years including pool administration, design and program implementation, risk management, and as a physical therapist using water to treat various diagnoses.