Introduction to aquatic therapy

This course is aimed at the novice aquatic therapist and will cover the foundation information, necessary in aquatic therapy.

Content (hours) Theory  Practice
 Fluid mechanics  1  2
 Introduction to physiology of immersion  2  –
 Handling patients in water  –  4
 Mental adjustment as preparation of therapy  1  4
 Basics assessment of patient in water  –  2
 Introduction to treatment concepts  4  6
 Safety screening and risk management  2  –
 Pool management  1  –

At the end of the course, the professional is able to:
– describe the fluidmechanical effects on the human body and their importance for treatment
– explain how the various systems react to the pressure and thermal effects of immersion (cardio-vascular, respiratory, neuro-musculoskeletal)
– justify the reason for choosing aquatic therapy for the most common patient populations
– show safe and proper ways to enter and exit clients, relative to design of the pool and equipment
– demonstrate adequate supports while maintaining of changing basic body positions
– apply activities to make the client mentally adjust to water
– assess aquatic skills by using a specific aquatic measurement instrument
– describe characteristics of various aquatic therapy concepts
– use key elements of these aquatic therapy concepts
– screen for risk factors that impact a safe aquatic service
– write a pool management protocol, based on local regulations

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