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How to Fall Safely and Spring Back

2-hour Course
Live on Zoom / Saturday, May 8, 2021
10:00 AM Eastern / 9:00 AM Central / 8:00 AM Mountain / 7:00 AM Pacific

Faculty: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC with Mary LaBarre, PT, DPT, ATRIC / Katrien Lemahieu, MSEN, ATRIC / Lynne Lombard, PT

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Have clients fall in the pool. Analyze it and teach them effective compensatory skills for falling. Give them exercises they can do on their own to maintain strong fall-response skills. The pool is a safe place to practice falling. We’ll review each fall video to see what compensation strategies are used to stay upright. Then we’ll find fall techniques and fall exercises that can be used in the pool that transfer to land. We’ll include groups and one-on-one ideas.

1) Review common compensatory skills for different populations.
2) Explore ways to change non-effective to effective response.
3) Experience falling, fall exercises and fall techniques.
4) Apply to home exercises.

FACULTY: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC, president of the Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute, served on the Wisconsin Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, received the Governor’s Entrepreneurial Award, the IDEA Outstanding Business Award, the first Presidential Sports Award in aquatic exercise, and AEA’s Contribution to the Industry Award. She has authored eighteen books and over 50 DVDs and CDs. She is known for her work in aquatic fitness, aquatic therapy, BackHab, Ai Chi and creating connections with other aquatic, health and therapy organizations.

Mary LaBarre, PT, DPT, ATRIC, is a full-time physical therapist, specializing in aquatic-based rehab at YMCA Healthy Living Center in the Des Moines, Iowa metro area. She works with a variety of patient populations including cardiopulmonary, orthopedic, neurological, general debility, sports medicine and chronic pain diagnoses. Mary is also a certified clinical instructor and has participated in Diabetes Education programming. She has completed the ATRI Lumbar Stabilization and AquaStretch Specialty Certificate Programs.

Katrien Lemahieu, MSEN, ATRIC, has 20-plus years of experience in aquatics and has been a presenter worldwide since 2005. She studied physical education and holds a degree in Special Movement Education with an emphasis in Motoric Remedial Teaching and a focus on pediatrics. She has developed three e-learning programs on aquatic fitness (AquaMagicMoves) and is CEO of two educational institutes for aquatics: Kataqua for aquatic fitness and ProOZo for swimming. She is the organizer of the annual European Aquatic Fitness Conference (EAFC).

Lynne Lombard, PT, has worked in orthopaedics and sports medicine both in and out of the water. She has developed a focus on the more difficult patients with unique or multiple diagnoses. She has worked to develop skills from Pilates to selective functional movement to strain counter-strain.