CSM Aquatic Programming Spotlight - Cultivating Your Physical Therapy Super Skills: Applications in Water and on Land


Physical therapists are trained in evidence-based practice and acquire ongoing knowledge and skills. But what may be missing in early training is how to incorporate client values, expectations, and preferences into each intervention session. 

What "super skill" is displayed by Mia Hamm, Joe Montana, Diana Taurasi, and Stephen Curry? Yes, more than one super skill; the skills include knowledge, training, practice of the game, strategy on how to best play the game, and the ability to read the moment in real-time. This knowledge in action is displayed by outstanding athletes, musicians, scientists, and healthcare practitioners. 

But how do we teach this super skill in early professional education? This skill is developed through focused energy rather than time to include critical knowledge in action components. Physical therapists craft optimal care plans based on these three contributing areas, but it's important to recognize each component for a given case. This course examines those strengths and limitations through the lens of aquatic and land-based physical therapy interventions with case examples.

Lori Thein Brody, PT, PhD, SCS, ATC has lectured extensively across the country on management of orthopaedic and sports-related injuries, aquatic physical therapy, arthritis, and other connective tissue problems and musculoskeletal primary care. She has numerous articles and chapters to her credit, and along with Carrie Hall, she co-authored Therapeutic Exercise: Moving Toward Function, (Lippincott Williams and Wilkins), now in its fourth edition. She also co-edited Aquatic Exercise for Rehabilitation and Training (Human Kinetics Publishers) with Paula Geigle.




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