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3323 – 3D Spinal Rehab

Advanced / Half-Day Workshop
Washington, DC / Friday, September 10, 2021 – 8:00-11:00 am / 3.0 credit hours
(Indoor Pool: 8:00-9:30 am / Classroom: 9:30-11:00 am)

San Diego, CA / Saturday, October 23, 2021 – 8:00 am-12:00 pm / 4.0 credit hours
(Classroom: 8:00-10:00 am / Indoor Pool: 10:00 am-12:00 pm)

Chicago, IL / Friday, November 12, 2021 – 1:30-5:00 pm / 3.5 credit hours
(Classroom: 1:30-3:15 pm / Indoor Pool: 3:15-5:00 pm)

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 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.