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3305 – Low Back Masterclass

Advanced / Full-Day Course
Chicago, IL / Friday, April 8, 2022 – 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: Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, OCS, ATRIC

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This advanced class will present aquatic, integrated functional exercise programing with a focus on multiple-plane stability and progressing higher load tolerance so the client can reach prior level of function and activity on land. Assessment is linked to specificity to allow therapist to choose exercises most effective to address individual clients’ needs. Research combined with practical application will provide the aquatic therapist tools to maximize the clients plan of care.

Fascia plays several important roles in our physical function. Mobility, hydration, and strength of our body’s connective tissues is essential for efficient and effective movement. The thoraco-lumbar fascia plays an essential role in stability and motor control of the spine, including efficient load transfer between lower and upper body in sports and function.

Part of the course will discuss the connections and importance of fascia and provide practical fascial release techniques combined with follow-up exercise progression to maintain mobility and improve the functional balance of our connective tissue especially around lumbar spine and hips. Current research will be presented alongside clinical pearls promoting evidence-based clinical recommendations. Pool lab will focus on techniques for releasing fascial adhesions and strengthening the myofascial network.

Because this is an advanced class, basic pathology and early intervention exercises are not discussed.

1) Design, progress and cue an aquatic exercise program to increase spine stabilization in all three planes.
2) Choose the most effective aquatic exercise to address client’s specific impairments.
3) Define fascia and its function in the human body, especially how it relates to lumbar spine function.
4) List precautions and contraindications to manual release techniques.
5) Perform at least three aquatic fascial release techniques around hip and lumbar spine.
6) Integrate and progress the five fascial fitness principles to aquatic exercise for clients of all levels.

FACULTY: Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, OCS, ATRIC, is a physical therapist specializing in orthopedic and aquatic therapy, and owner of North County Water and Sports Therapy Center in San Diego ( In 1991, Beth earned her PT degree from the University of Connecticut and in 2006, earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Boston University. She has achieved certification and re-certification as a clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy. As a Certified STOTT PilatesTM Instructor, Beth incorporates the use of Pilates basic principles into her exercise programs. In 2010, Beth was honored with the Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute’s Tsunami Spirit Award and in 2012, she was named the Aquatic Therapy Professional of the Year. In 2015, the Aquatic Section of the APTA presented Beth with the Judy Cirullo Award in recognition of her promotion of aquatic therapy. Additional aquatic therapy certifications include Master Instructor for the Burdenko Method and Trainer for AquaStretchTM.