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3606 – Loaded Movement Training

Advanced / Half-Day Course
Washington, DC / Saturday, February 19, 2022 – 8:00-11:30 am / 3.5 credit hours
Morgantown, WV / Sunday, March 6, 2022 – 8:00-11:30 am / 3.5 credit hours
(Classroom: 8:00-9:45 am / Indoor Pool: 9:45-11:30 am)

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

COURSE DESCRIPTION: An emerging trend known as Loaded Movement Training (LMT) is an effective way to help clients develop strength by training all of the muscles together as one system. The benefits of loaded movement training include integration of physiological systems, lower compressive forces on the joints and skeletal structures of the body, and multidirectional stability, mobility, strength and power. Integrating multiple-joint motions moves stress away from specific areas in the body and introduces stress to the whole system as it shares the load. Studies have found that loaded movement training challenges and conditions muscle, fascia, the nervous system, skin and other systems of the body. The intention is not to replace current training methods with LMT, but rather to add LMT into a protocol. This concept applies to athletes as well as lower functioning clients and can be a key component of a well-balanced therapeutic protocol.

1) Discuss optimal function of muscle fascia and connective tissue.
2) Site evidence-based benefits of LMT as part of a comprehensive treatment plan.
3) List the therapeutic benefits, the role of changing postures and taking on external loads.
4) Describe how the stimulus of different lines of stress in LMT influences tissues and functional recovery.
5) Incorporate LMT techniques into your aquatic therapy program.

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.