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3323 – 3D Spinal Rehab

Advanced / Half-Day Course
Washington, DC / Sunday, February 20, 2022 – 8:00-11:00 am / 3.0 credit hours
(Indoor Pool: 8:00-9:30 am / Classroom: 9:30-11:00 am)

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

COURSE DESCRIPTION: We function in all directions. To effectively rehabilitate and or prevent lower back injuries, the aquatic therapist needs to incorporate exercises to improve mobility and stability in all three major planes. This course will focus on improving spine and hip flexibility and stability in the sagittal, frontal and transverse plane with aquatic exercise. The lecture portion will review key movements and functional components related to each plane including quick assessments to help guide the aquatic therapist with program design and exercise prescription. The pool lab will cover a variety of exercises including progressions based on challenging one to all three planes of movement with suspended and shallow depth exercise.

1) List common errors and movement dysfunctions seen in individuals with lower back issues, linking those impairments to specific planes of motion.
2) Assess lumbar spine with focus on determining primary impairments and loss of stability in all three planes.
3) Cue and progress a client through aquatic exercise to challenge all three planes of motion.

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.