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Aquatic Pilates for Rehabilitation and Athletic Training

presented by Kim Gordon, MPT

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Financial: Kimberly Gordon receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course. Non-Financial: Kimberly Gordon has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 76 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 21 Minutes

This course will give an overview of the Pilates method and a review of the anatomy involved in core stabilization, as well as a guide of how to implement aquatic Pilates in both the rehab and athletic training settings. Participants will have a good understanding of individual exercise techniques and exercise modifications based on the condition of the client. Participants should feel comfortable with a manual-based approach as well as creating a class-based program. This course is appropriate for physical therapists, occupational therapists, and athletic trainers that work in rehabilitation, sports physical therapy, and athletic training/conditioning.

Meet Your Instructor

Kim Gordon, MPT

Kimberly Gordon, MPT, graduated from Mayo Clinic's School of Health Related Sciences with her Master's degree in Physical Therapy. She began practicing in an outpatient sports medicine clinic in Sarasota, FL, where her caseload consisted of orthopedic and post-surgical clients, including older adults with torn knee and ankle ligaments, total joint replacements, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and…

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1. Pilates Technique

Therapists and trainers need to have an understanding of the theory of Pilates technique in order to properly implement these exercises into a rehab setting or a training program. This chapter will cover the history of Pilates and how this method differs from typical abdominal strengthening programs.

2. The Core

It is important that the clinician has a good understanding of the anatomy of the core in order to implement the exercises properly. This chapter will briefly review the main structures of the core, including transverse abdominus, the diaphragm, and the pelvic floor.

3. Exercise Demonstration and Modifications

It is critical that the therapist not only have a good understanding of the exercises they are teaching but to also be able to modify their client’s current status. This chapter will demonstrate each of the exercises along with providing ways to modify these regimens based on the patient’s condition.

4. Manual Techniques

In order to demonstrate the need for a rehab specialist to insurance, clinicians need to be skilled at providing hands-on care for proper technique. This chapter will address ways to create a skilled exercise program.

5. Putting it All Together

Aquatic Pilates is not only used in the rehab setting, but it can also be implemented as a cash-based class program to allow patients to continue to do the exercises under the clinician’s watch. This chapter will review how to put together the exercises in a manner that will flow easily in a class-based setting.

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