Rehabilitation for General Populations: Tutorials and Case Studies


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These videos are designed to give a comprehensive overview of exercises suitable for a general population recovering from injury, replacement surgery, and other debilitating conditions that prevent them from enjoying full mobility with daily living. In other words, this program is for less fit population as compared to the athletic aquatic rehabilitation program.

The learning objective is to understand anatomy, safe movement range of the joints, muscle action and overall fitness level requirements in order to design safe exercise programs that will help each person return or improve upon their previous levels of mobility.

We will review suggested exercises for mobility, the cervical thoracic and lumbar areas of the spine, and the shoulder, hip, knee and ankle joints. Other exercises are included for those who have had cerebrovascular accidents or are going through post-stroke rehabilitation. This program will also be applicable to creating programs for those with movement disorders.

These exercises will provide the instructor with a generic base of safe, adaptable movements that can create programs suitable to each client’s personal needs. Some people with a chronic condition may never advance beyond a certain stage of recovery. However, this does not mean they have not improved their quality of life. We train to work on the ability not the disability!

What is a Tutorial Video – A tutorial is a video-guided PowerPoint presentation with a Certified WaterART Master Trainer which reviews all the classroom sessions and information that instructors would typically receive if attending an on-site training event. Video tutorials are an excellent investment as they can be reviewed several times, especially if the information is new and somewhat overwhelming. We highly recommend our guided tutorials to those who are not familiar with exercise science.

6 videos are included in this tutorial package.

Intro to Post Rehabilitation Instructor – part 1

This video follows a PowerPoint presentation to introduce the instructor to the many aspects of post rehabilitation in the water. Topics include the wide variety of conditions that can be helped in the water, the need to work on mobility and function to bring each client as close as possible to former strengths and also suggestions for safe water entry. Many practical skills to train general water skills with the clients are offered, and these will help the instructor create an effective program suited to each person’s ability. This program will review an essential checklist for programming people with many functional limitations who are new to water exercise.

31 minutes running time

Intro to Anatomy – part 2

Having a good general knowledge of all joint and muscle anatomy is an essential part of Post Rehabilitation programming. This video’s PowerPoint presentation is guided by Leigh de Groot, Doctor of Physiotherapy, who gives a complete overview of all the joint biomechanics and muscle action required to move through a safe range of motion. Each major muscle group is examined in detail for strengths and weaknesses. A wide variety of exercises are shown to assist instructors to chose safe movement for the condition being rehabilitated in the water.

62 minutes running time

Beginner Mobility Program – part 3

A picture is worth a thousand words. Follow WaterART Master Trainers Jane Pomponio and Julie Twynham as they take you through an inventory of movement essential to safe water programming for post rehabilitation clients who are new to water or new to exercise. All exercise movements are shown above and under the water with subtitles and detailed commentary for quick video reference.

56 minutes running time

Shallow Water Exercises for those New to Exercise – part 4

Learn how to work one-on-one with a post rehabilitation client in shallow water. This video explains how to get the client into the water safely and comfortably. Then the instructor and client work through an inventory of essential movement to train for function on land. This inventory includes safe and effective warm-up movement, specific strengthening and stretching exercises and also modification ideas for the wide variety of conditions that clients bring to the water.

68 minutes running time

Unloaded Water Exercises for those New to Exercise – part 5

This video is designed to help clients who need to begin their post rehabilitation without any loaded stress on their joints. The client is fitted with a belt to keep the feet off the pool floor. All movement can be done suspended in shallow water or taken to the deep end if the client has safe water skills. Exercises cover all components of fitness and show how to train the client to handle buoyancy, using instructor assistance at first, then, working solo as they feel more comfortable. The client can be trained to use the resistance of water to assist travel as well as to increase resistance for strengthening as their condition improves. The goal is to provide balanced exercise that will benefit their safe return to functioning on land.

59 minutes running time

Equipment Toolbox – part 6

There is a wide variety of equipment available for pool use, some float while others sink. Which will be safe and effective for your client? Take a look at the differences between buoyant and resistive equipment and the requirements for the many general post rehabilitation conditions that may come to your pool. Each exercise must be specific to the condition and be both safe and effective. See suggestions for completing the same exercise with different pieces of equipment to create a balanced workout or personalize the program for your clients.

65 minutes running time

Learning Objectives

  • Part 1 – Tutorial Intro To Post Rehabilitation Instructor
  • Part 2 – Tutorial Intro To Anatomy
  • Part 3 – Beginner Mobility Program
  • Part 4 – Shallow H2O Exercise¬† for those new to exercise
  • Part 5 – Unloaded H2O Exercise for those new to exercise
  • Part 6 – Tutorial of Equipment Toolbox


Additional information

Video Option

5 x Video APP Streaming, App Video Streaming, Extra Charge: Hard Copy DVDs, Vimeo Video viewing for any device

DVD Access

DVD091-A, DVD091-B, DVD091-C, DVD091-D, DVD091-E, DVD091-F

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