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2513 – Progressions for Parkinson’s Disease

Intermediate / Pool Workshop

Chicago, IL / Friday, April 24, 2020 – 3:15-5:15 pm – 2.0 credit hours

(Classroom: 3:15-4:15 pm / Indoor Pool: 4:15-5:15 pm)

Faculty: Mary LaBarre, PT, DPT, ATRIC

Participants: Please bring water shoes as needed for traction.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will provide evidence-based research for evaluation and treatment of individuals with Parkinsonism, Parkinson’s Disease, and other movement disorders at various stages of disease progression. The course will discuss the use of aquatic exercise in rehabilitation and community exercise programs.


1)  Identify prevalence of Parkinson’s Disease and discuss possible risk factors for developing disease.

2)  Examine diagnosis criteria and staging of disease progression.

3)  Assess exercise and its effect on Parkinson’s symptoms.

4)  Identify use of aquatic exercise progressions for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders (1:1 rehab into wellness populations).

FACULTY: 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.