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2202 – Creating Functionally Independent Clients

Intermediate / Pool Workshop

Chicago, IL / Saturday, April 25, 2020 – 8:00 am-4:30 pm – 6.0 credit hours

Classroom: 8:00-9:30 am

Indoor Pool: 9:30-11:00 am

Luncheon: 11:30 am-1:15 pm

Classroom: 1:30-4:30 pm

Faculty: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Whether people are coming to you from surgery or injury or simply aging, we want them to return to full function. This involves more than changing range of motion or being able to ‘walk’ (not that those aren’t important). Full function may require regression before progression. Some people have inappropriate muscle recruitment patterns that must be changed, or are so compartmentalized, they are unable to move forward without backing up to relearn non-compensatory function. Full function requires a variety of smaller functions including upright posture with posterior chain recruitment, breathing skills and the ability to decrease inflammation, plus a variety of static and dynamic balance abilities including reach and recover, sit to stand, and then the full vertical trunk control sequence.


  1. Acknowledge the unique importance of the pulmonary system in successful rehab.
  2. Review a full Vertical Trunk Control sequence.
  3. Consider techniques to modify muscle recruitment patterns.
  4. Watch and review Recovery to Upright exercises that can be used in the water.
  5. Experience some posterior chain exercises to assist with alignment and breathing skills.

FACULTY: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC, founder/president of ATRI, is an internationally known speaker, author and consultant. She is the founder of six different businesses including the Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute, the Aquatic Exercise Association, Living Right Magazine, America’s Certification Trainers, Armchair Aerobics Inc., and the Fitness Firm. A leader in the health and wellness industry, she also draws on her vast experience as an entrepreneur to teach others what it takes to assume the risk of business and enterprise. Ruth is the author of numerous articles and 15 books on her specialties of wellness and business. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Sevier-McCahill Disability International Foundation Award; and the John Williams, Jr. International Swimming Hall of Fame Adapted Aquatics Award. Known for her high energy and practical teaching approaches, Ruth has brought thousands of people over the years to understand the benefits of water exercise.