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3305 – Low Back Masterclass

Advanced / Full-Day Workshop
Edmond, OK / Saturday, September 18, 2021 – 8:00 am-5:00 pm – 8.0 credit hours
Indoor Pool: 8:00-10:00 am
Classroom: 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Lunch on own: 12:00-1:00 pm
Classroom: 1:00-2:00 pm
Indoor Pool: 2:00-5:00 pm

Allentown, PA / Saturday, October 2, 2021 – 8:00 am-5:00 pm – 8.0 credit hours
Indoor Pool: 8:00-10:45 am
Classroom: 10:45 am-12:30 pm
Lunch on own: 12:30-1:30 pm
Classroom: 1:30-5:00 pm

Faculty: Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, OCS, ATRIC

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This advanced class will present aquatic, integrated functional exercise programing with 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 in addressing individual client needs. Research combined with practical application will provide the aquatic therapist tools to maximize the client’s 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 progressions to maintain mobility and improve the functional balance of our connective tissue, especially around lumbar spine and hips. Current research is 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 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 licensed physical therapist with many years of experience in orthopedic and aquatic therapy. As the owner of North County Water and Sports Therapy Center in San Diego (, she continues with hands-on clinical care in addition to her role as educator. Since graduating from the University of Connecticut in 1991, Beth has belonged to the American Physical Therapy Association and has achieved certification as a Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. In January 2006, she graduated from Boston University with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Additional certifications include Certified STOTT Pilates™ instructor and Master Instructor for the Burdenko Method.

Beth not only provides continuing education for health care professionals, she is an adjunct faculty in the San Diego Mesa College PTA program, teaching Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Introduction to Pathology courses. She also provides the learning module/instruction on aquatic therapy to the University of St. Augustine San Diego Campus DPT program. She is the recipient of the 2010 ATRI Tsunami Spirit Award and the 2012 ATRI Professional Award.