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Evidence-Based Aquatic Therapy for the Musculoskeletal Client

$0.00 - $5,995.00
Credit Hours:
MS801 (Intermediate)
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16 hr. training module packed into 2 days. Includes over 12 hours of pool time.


Stop extolling the virtues of aquatic therapy for the adult musculoskeletal client… without providing tangible evidence-based support. Leave this dynamic course understanding how, when, where and under what circumstances to provide aquatic therapy… and how to justify that choice to the world. Don’t just understand the science; be able to perform the EBAT treatments on Monday morning. Course includes information on integrating aquatic therapy into many post-surgical protocols (rotator cuff tear; ACL tear, total hip and knee replacement). Includes “turn key” inservice and marketing materials to help expand your caseload.





Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: 


1. List 5 common indications for aquatic therapy for the musculoskeletal population. 

2. Write a 1-paragraph summary supporting the benefits of aquatic therapy for at least 1 patient population by synthesizing the resources provided in class. 

3. List 5 precautions or contraindications for aquatic therapy. 

4. Compare the risks to the benefits involved in treating at least 1 precautionary condition in the therapy pool. 

5. Teach the exercise protocol presented in a published case study. 

6. Progress the protocol presented in a published case study through at least 3 methods demonstrated in class. 

7. Compare what 2-3 regulatory documents have to say about the medical necessity of aquatic therapy. 

8. Justify at least 2 situations where group therapy would be appropriate in the water. 

9. Describe the supervision requirements for assistants working in aquatic therapy. 

10. Describe at least 3 signs which support the need to transition to land based therapy. 

11. Propose 3 examples of the differing informational needs of each of the following interested parties: physicians, payers and patients. 

12. Using role play, perform a brief mock inservice designed to instruct rehab staff or referring physician about the benefits of aquatic therapy. 

13. Demonstrate 2 skills necessary to incorporate aquatic intervention into many post-operative protocol safely, following restrictions appropriately 

14. Design a 15 minute evidence-based aquatic exercise progression for at least 4 of the following: 

Back dysfunction 
Total hip or knee replacement 
Shoulder dysfunction



Typical Schedule (your schedule will vary depending on your hours of operation and staff coverage)


8:30-12:00 Lecture
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-3:45 Pool lab
3:45-4:00 Energy break
4:00-6:00 Pool lab


Day 2
8:30-12:00 Lecture
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-3:45 Pool lab
3:45-4:00 Energy break
4:00-6:00 Pool lab


For those managers or directors who wish to order this course for their staff, the following add-ons are available:

MARS Discount

Short for Marketing, Advertising and Registration Service, this add-on is designed to help you preserve valuable resources and defray training costs when you open up your polyclinics to outside therapists. Going "open" allows you to transfer your registration worries to us as we employ our extensive online web presence to find you new attendees. Why? Because we give you a $1000 discount. All we ask in return is to let us register at least 3 outsiders and that you treat them the same as you treat your own people (e.g. meals, pool access, etc.).

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ATU Inside℠ Staff Certification

Sign up for this value-packed add-on and we will provide you with two ATU Inside℠ window decals and a year's supply of customized marketing brochures for display in your lobby for. We can also provide you with up to 25 brochures for you to send any referring physicians or clinics in your area. Let the world know that you have a leg up on the competition and that your therapists have been trained by the very best!

CEU Pre-Approval Service

Don't have the time or staff to fill out the myriad forms required by your state licensing board? Let our continuing-education experts handle all the paperwork headaches. We will apply for CEU pre-approvals and pay any fees required by your state PT and OT and SLP agencies for you so your therapists can concentrate on their clients.

Aquatic Therapy Boot Camp DVD Pre-Study Module

We will send you up to 10 manuals and  one DVD of our time-tested Aqautic Therapy Boot Camp, good for 4.0 credit hours. Facilities choose this add-on to allow their staff to prepare in advance without the need for pool downtime. Take this module at your leisure during lunches or take-home sessions. Comes with enough manuals for your entire staff.

Pre-Conference Site Survey

Is your pool under-utilized? Patient census down? Insurers slow to pay? We can help with that! Just sign up for our day-long Site Survey Add-On and our consultants will tour your facility, browse your policies and procedures and review your marketing materials. We will then recommend best-practice improvements to your staffing, training, programming and billing functions to help turn your operations around and become profitable again. Visit typically scheduled the day before polyclinic, but can be after. Price is $2000 for one-day visit and consult, $1000 for 1/2 day. Add-On includes 2-hr question-and-answer forum and a bound Site Survey Report.

While ATU strives to present as small a footprint as possible to our valued customers, there is still a number of responsibilities we ask our facilities to fulfill . Here are some of those tasks:

Minimum Equipment List

A minimum equipment list is to be provided by the host facility. This is the pool equipment needed by the instructor to teach the polyclinic. This is to be either in possession or purchased by the start of class. ATU will provide the facility with the required MEL within 4 weeks of class as well as make a good faith effort to keep this list to the minimum needed for your staff to practice and treat patients with after we leave.


As host, you are free to administer your polyclinic as you see fit. While some facilities provide lunches and energy breaks to their staff during in-services, others release their staff to get lunch on their own. Either way you decide, please remember to treat all your attendees as you would your own staff. 

Pool Temperature

Water temperature should be kept as close to 91-93 degrees as possible to maximize attention span and minimize hypothermia during our 3-4 hour-long lab sessions. The air temp should also be kept within 10 degrees of the water temp. While we will hold the polyclinic no matter the temperature, you may want to consider holding the class at another pool in your area if your site cannot accommodate this range.


A point-of-contact is needed who is familiar with your facility and able to help coordinate and pre-plan the polyclinic with  ATU staff and instructor. This person will need to provide equipment lists, campus maps, directions, pool layouts and floor diagrams, as needed. Also, the facilitator should be available all days of the polyclinic to help set up the classroom, ready equipment for the labs, meet and orient the instructror, open up the facility and arrange for catering.

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