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CSM 2019 | January 23-26 | Washington, DC

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Doing It Right! How to Develop an Aquatic Physical Therapy Program

This course will provide the information necessary for developing a comprehensive aquatic rehabilitation program. Topics will include strategies for developing a policies and procedures manual, physical design of the facility, creating staff training, and designing documentation forms. The speaker will discuss the details of starting a facility and program design. Attendees will gain the tools to design a facility and develop a policies and procedures manual to meet the needs of their clinic or program.


Benefits of Aquatic Therapy in Early Intervention

This session will explore the psychological, social, and motor benefits of aquatic therapy as an ideal treatment choice for infants/toddlers with developmental and neuromuscular impairments. The speaker will demonstrate the positive effects of aquatic therapy as an adjunct to land-based therapy, including home-based early intervention with a focus on treating the whole child. Attendees will learn how to incorporate several treatment activities/exercises (both individual and group) that address a variety of impairments, including mobility, strength, high/low tone, balance, body awareness and motor planning, vestibular processing, sensory processing, and cognitive challenges. The speaker will examine the critical role parents and caregivers play in the aquatic setting for infants and toddlers, especially in group activities. Clinicians will learn strategies to engage parents and caregivers and help infants and toddlers feel comfortable and gain skills in the water while in a group setting.


Aquatic Exercise: Opportunities for Wellness with Neurologic System Dysfunction

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.


Promoting Healthy Lifestyles for Aquatic Physical Therapy Patients and Clients

Due to increasing mortality and morbidity related to noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, stroke, and cancer, physical therapy professional organizations worldwide are calling for physical therapists (PTs) to perform lifestyle behavior management during customary care, or health-focused care (HFC). The World Health Organization reported that NCDs are largely preventable through interventions that address lifestyle behaviors such as being overweight and physical inactivity. Since aquatic physical therapists tend to accept many clients with chronic health conditions and long-term disabilities, they are particularly well positioned to engage in this type of patient and client management. Unfortunately, many PTs do not practice HFC despite being well positioned to do so. Barriers cited by PTs for not performing HFC include low self-efficacy, limited time, and lack of counseling skills. Presenters will explore health consequences associated with unhealthy lifestyles, with an emphasis on physical inactivity and obesity, as well as benefits realized when adopting healthier behaviors. They also will address strategies and resources (some unique to aquatic PT practices) that assist physical therapy practitioners to promote healthy lifestyle change.


Dual-Task Training in Aquatic Settings: Finding the Right Challenge

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.


Aquatic Interventions Promote Functional Gains for Older Adults

All too often aquatic therapy has been relegated to a secondary role when considering functional training for a wide spectrum of older adult concerns. Due in part to the fact that there is a paucity of literature addressing this topic, as well as the mere fact that humans live on land, water therapies have been considered to have limited benefit in addressing either maintenance or improvement of functional skills. This session will define specific, simple, functional activities that are within the repertoire of the modern-day older adult. Using objective measures to quantify improvement, the speaker will demonstrate progressions for each skill set. Last, there will be a discussion of current literature addressing the use of aquatic interventions to upgrade land function.


Aquatic Therapy for Lower Extremity: Applying CPG Recommendations Into Practice

In recent years there has been a growing drive within the health care community and within APTA membership to practice evidence-based medicine. APTA and several individual specialty sections are in engaged in developing and updating a variety of physical therapy–specific clinical practice guidelines. In this session, the presenter will review the importance of incorporating recommendations and findings of clinical practice guidelines into practice. These documents provide helpful guidance in choosing evidence- based interventions, but leave it up to the expertise of the therapist to apply many of these interventions. As an orthopaedic certified specialist, aquatic therapy specialist, and clinician, the presenter will link recommendations from 3 lower-extremity clinical practice guidelines to aquatic therapy interventions. Relevant aquatic therapy research will be discussed as it relates to the clinical decision-making process. Clinicians will gain the skills to apply the research recommendations into practice.


Step Outside the Box and Onto a Board: Stand-Up Paddle Boarding Aquatic Therapy

Stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) is a novel exercise activity that has been theorized to provide effective strengthening, balance training, and endurance. The sport provides a unique outdoor opportunity in the natural environment and motivates patients' attendance to therapy. This session will provide attendees with a fundamental understanding of how aquatic therapy and SUP can be used as a primary or adjunct form of treatment for children and adults. Photographic representation, videos, and case studies will be included to enhance attendees' ability to analyze the benefits of using alternate forms of aquatic intervention. The presentation will include guidelines on candidate selection, implementation of a SUP program, and techniques used to maximize outcomes.


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Meetings & Social Opportunities

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Assisting with the Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy's booth is a great way to volunteer and meet other therapists in your field. If you are interested in staffing the booth, please choose a time below and click the link to sign up!

  Thursday, January 22, 2019

     (Unopposed 10:00 am – 11:00 am; 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm)

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM Brian Maloney Barbara Vees
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM Barbara Vees Anita Van Wingerden
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM Barbara Vees Nicole Needles
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM Carrie Thorson Michelle Storey
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM Charlotte Norton Anita Van Wingerden
2:30 PM to 4:00 PM Sean Yasser Salme

  Friday, January 25, 2019

     (Unopposed 10:00 am – 11:00 am; 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm)

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM Jennifer Sylvester Lisa Naeger
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM Nicole Needles Emily Dunlap
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM Emily Dunlap Cathy Maloney-Hills
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM Brian Terry Michael murray
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM Diane Platz Charlotte Norton
2:30 PM to 4:00 PM Shelly Muhlenkamp Volunteer Needed!

  Saturday, January 26, 2019

     (Unopposed 10:00 am – 11:00 am; 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm)

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM Volunteer Needed! Volunteer Needed!
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM Brian Maloney Martt Biondi
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM Michael Murray Volunteer Needed!
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM Volunteer Needed! Volunteer Needed!
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM Sean Brian Terry

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