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Aquatic Training Options for the Collegiate, Professional & Elite Athlete

$0.00 - $5,995.00
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16.0 hours
SS802 (Intermediate)
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A 16 hr. in-service packed into 2 days, this class is designed to teach the therapist, trainer, coach and athlete how to capitalize on both deep and shallow water. Includes samples of hard-core aquatic training regimes for the uninjured athlete, active recovery drills, and post-injury rehab protocols. Appropriate for therapists and trainers working with individual sport athletes (such as triathletes or marathoners) and those working with team sports (such as football or volleyball). Includes instruction in the following hands-on aquatic techniques: shallow water plyometrics, deep and shallow running drills, agility drills, vertical acceleration training, edema control and management, and more.




1. Using research findings discussed in class, propose a 3-minute verbal “case” for providing aquatic services for either the injured or the healthy athlete. 

2. Design a mock seasonal training schedule incorporating aquatics into the program for 1 of the following: (a) everyday training; (b) post-injury; (c) immediately following competitions/events; (d) for active recovery. 

3. Describe verbally and in writing the optimum pool temperatures and depths necessary for at least 2 of the following: (a) everyday training; (b) post-injury; (c) immediately following competitions/events; (d) for active recovery. 

4. Incorporating at least 2 hydrodynamic principles learned, generate a single new idea to improve training of athletes in the water. 

5. Analyze and critique 1-2 errors made by coaches/ trainers/ therapists who use equipment for athletic training or rehab. 

6. Using role play, develop a 15-minute shallow- and deep- water workout tailored specifically for at least 1 of the following athletes: 

Track/ cross-country 
Football or soccer player 
Volleyball or basketball player 

7. After reviewing a relevant case study, discuss the strength and applicability of the evidence provided based on Sackett's Hierarchy of Evidence 

8. After reviewing a relevant case study, design a short aquatic rehab program for at least 1 of the following injuries: 

Post stress fracture of weight-bearing bone 
Post-surgical repair of LE cartilage, ligament, capsule or muscle 
Post-surgical repair of UE cartilage, ligament, capsule or muscle 

9. Design and implement a 15-minute aquatic training program designed to improve 1-2 of the following skills: 

Strength and ROM 
Speed and explosive power 
Cardiorespiratory endurance 
Sport-specific skill (stride length, vertical acceleration, etc.)



This course is  primarily for  professionals  who work with individual sport athletes (such as triathletes or marathoners) and those working with team sports (such as football or volleyball). This course is  primarily for  professionals  with at least 500 hours performing aquatic therapy or those who have completed the Aquatic Therapy Boot Camp class. Those  likely  to  benefit  most are:  PTAs, PTAs, OTs, OTAs and ATCs who are at the intermediate level of skill acquisition and/or those who are at a higher level of skill, but who are looking for additional treatment ideas for the athlete population. This class is an elective class for individuals seeking ATU Credentialing in the Sports Medicine Track.



DAY 1 

8-12 Lecture/Land Lab (with 15-minute break) 
12-1 Lunch/change for pool 
1-6 Pool Lab (with 15-minute break) 

DAY 2 

8-12 Lecture/Land Lab (with 15-minute break) 
12-1 Lunch/change for pool 
1-4:45 Pool Lab (with 15-minute break) 
4:45-5 Wrap-up/Discussion

  • Our classes are taught by licensed therapists and physicians with Masters degrees and above who have extensive aquatic experience. Our instructors will teach you the essentials you need to know in order to get you started with your aquatic therapy career.... or to propel you into master clinician status.
  • Our teaching style is entirely hands-on and personal. You will first be introduced to new concepts and techniques during classroom lectures after which you will transition into the pool to tactilly apply what you have learned. Classes are capped at 25-30 students (16:1 in California) to insure all attendees receive the one-on-one personalized attention we are known for.
  • Because learning is a continual process, all students will go home with a class manual that reinforces the concepts covered in class. They also get a free 1-year membership to Aquatic Resources Network's online research, support forums and equipment discounts.


This is a 800 series class (teaches Intermediate skills). This class is an elective class for individuals seeking ATU Credentialing in the Sports Medicine Track.



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 also will mail up to 25 brochures to any referring physicians or clinics in your area to that you specify. Let the world know that your therapists have been trained by the 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 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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