Aquatic Exercise: Opportunities for Wellness With Neurologic System Dysfunction
Section: Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy
Co-Section: Academy of Neurologic PT
Session Code: AQ-1B-6322
Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Marriott Marquis
Room: Congress, Capital

Speaker(s):   Sarah Fishel, , PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
  Chris McNamara, PT, DPT

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate

Despite the multisystem benefits of regular participation in exercise, those with neurologic system dysfunction are not consistently engaging in exercise at frequencies or intensities necessary to achieve these benefits. Attendees will learn about the factors associated with exercise behavior for individuals with neurologic dysfunction, and how aquatic exercise may be an optimal activity for lifelong fitness. The speakers will review the literature to support aquatic exercise for adults with progressive and nonprogressive conditions of the neurologic system will be provided, forming the basis from which to build and prescribe aquatic exercise plans. The presenters will present case studies demonstrating the use of aquatic exercise as a complement to land-based therapy and as a means of promoting physical activity and wellness post discharge.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Identify the opportunities for lifelong exercise that aquatic exercise may provide for individuals with neurologic system conditions.

2. Use the best evidence to describe the multisystem impact of aquatic exercise for individuals with progressive and nonprogressive conditions of the neurologic system, including stroke, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson disease.

3. Intentionally integrate aquatic exercise within a physical therapy plan of care in order to facilitate and maximize patient independence with long-term adherence to exercise.

4. Apply the best evidence to design effective aquatic exercise programs for individuals with progressive or nonprogressive neurologic conditions.

CEU: 0.2

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