Dual-Task Training in Aquatic Settings: Finding the Right Challenge
Section: Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy
Session Code: AQ-2A-4496
Date: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Marriott Marquis
Room: Capitol

Speaker(s):   Emily Dunlap, PT

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate

Dual-task activity is impaired in many adults with motor learning and cognitive challenges, such as people with stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson disease, and dementia. Dual-task interference likely impacts the everyday functional ability of these patient populations. Current research explores the use of dual-task training to improve dual-task performance. Most research on this topic is land-based, but some studies explore the benefits of dual-task training in the aquatic setting. The aquatic setting provides unique benefits for people, especially those with lower functional ability, to perform dual-task training. This session will critically evaluate the feasibility of using dual-task training to improve dual-task performance in the aquatic setting. Video case examples will provide practical examples of how to integrate dual-task training in the pool.

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

1. Understand dual-task terminology used in research and clinical settings.

2. Discuss the theoretical background and methodological considerations surrounding the use of dual-task training to improve functional motor and cognitive performance.

3. Recognize benefits the aquatic environment provides for dual-task training and identify characteristics of patients who will benefit from aquatic dual-task training.

4. Determine the right intensity with dual-task training in the aquatic setting for adults with various motor learning and cognitive challenges.

CEU: 0.2

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