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3321 – Integrative Rehabilitation: Linking Land and Pool

Advanced / Lecture
Chicago, IL / Saturday, November 14, 2020 – 8:00-11:00 am – 3.0 credit hours
(Classroom: 8:00-11:00 am)

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

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The unique properties of water provide an ideal environment for rehabilitation. Often, early in the recovery process, the pool is the only location a person finds pain relief and freedom of movement. However, we primarily live and function on land. The goal of this course is to assist the aquatic therapist in integrating land and pool rehabilitation techniques in order to maximize recovery and return client to the highest level of function as possible.

This course will review the importance of exercise prescription with focus on choosing correct intensity and challenge to make a physiological change, and how to integrate these principles both on land and in the water. Case examples, research, and clinical pearls will be presented to reinforce concepts and progressions.

1) Describe the key elements to each phase of rehabilitation and how the aquatic environment benefits each phase.
2) List at least three ways to increase intensity in the aquatic environment.
3) Integrate water and land exercise for effective treatment with the goal of reaching the highest functional levels possible.

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.