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Sat, Sep 23


Hudson, WI (near Minneapolis, MN)

Sept 23-24, 2023 - Evidence-Based Aquatic Therapy for the Musculoskeletal Therapist

Location: Hudson, WI (Located approximately 30 minutes from Minneapolis, MN) Dates: September 23-24, 2023 16 Contact Hours Instructor: Kiki Dickinson, MPT, PAqI ATU Course #: MS801 Cost: $595

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Sept 23-24, 2023 - Evidence-Based Aquatic Therapy  for the Musculoskeletal Therapist
Sept 23-24, 2023 - Evidence-Based Aquatic Therapy  for the Musculoskeletal Therapist

Time & Location

Sep 23, 2023, 8:00 AM – Sep 24, 2023, 5:00 PM

Hudson, WI (near Minneapolis, MN), 742 Sterbenz Dr, Hudson, WI 54016, USA

About the event

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.

Learning Objectives

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

1. List the indications and precautions in the use of Bad Ragaz, Watsu, Ai Chi, aquatic manual therapy, trunk stabilization, Salzman’s Aquatic Blanket Drills (ABDs), aquatic adaptations of the Berg and functional skills training for the musculoskeletal patient populations. Demonstrate an understanding of the underlying principles behind each aquatic therapy treatment approach (lecture, lab)

2. Understand the unique benefits of the aquatic environment, and use aquatic therapy techniques to increase strength and ROM, decrease pain, improve trunk stability, decrease hypertonicity, improve balance and proprioception, and improve functional skills (lecture, lab)

3. Create a cohesive evidence-based argument supporting the use of aquatic therapy for the musculoskeletal patient. Make appropriate aquatic therapy treatment choices (using the APTA’s Guide to Physical Therapy Practice as a springboard) (lecture, lab)

4. Be able to locate and summarize evidence-based research to further address why aquatic therapy could be appropriate. Create supportive bibliographies using the Aquatic Health Research Database of over 8,000 articles related to aquatic therapy (lecture)

5. Understand what insurance companies, Medicare, and the American Medical Association have to say about aquatic therapy. Craft an appeal letter which supports the use of aquatic therapy (lecture)

6. Understand in what situations group therapy is appropriate. Understand supervision requirements for aquatic therapy. Understand the need to transition aquatic therapy to land based therapy (lecture)

7. Perform a musculoskeletal inservice for rehab staff or referring physicianusing “turn key” aquatic inservice modules provided in class (land lab)

8. Populate websites, brochures and onsite bulletin boards using “turn key” aquatic evidence-based marketing modules provided in class (land lab)

9. Discuss the differing needs of interested parties: physicians, payers and patients. Use documentation to justify providing intervention in an aquatic environment. (land lab)

10. Demonstrate the skill set necessary to incorporate aquatic intervention into many post-operative protocol safely, following restrictions appropriately (lecture)

11. Working with a partner, design and implement an evidence-based aquatic progression for 1-2 of the following:

  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Back dysfunction
  • Total hip or knee replacement
  • Shoulder dysfunction (lab)

CE Approval for PT providers

  • ATU courses are preapproved in: Minnesota (Board of PT), Wisconsin (state chapter of APTA)
  • ATU courses should also automatically satisfy the requirements for Continuing Education in: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming by meeting statute requirements or by already being approved through other state PT boards or APTA chapters. You should always verify this information with your state prior to attending.
  • All other states, except for California and New York, may file an individual application with a small fee ($10-$50) for CE approval. Pay attention to submission deadlines for approval.
  • California and New York do not allow self-approval of continuing education.

Target Audience

PT's, PTA's, OT's, COTA's, SLP's, and other aquatic professionals.


Day 1

7:30-8:00 Registration

8:00-12:00 Lecture

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-5:00 Pool lab

Day 2

8:00-12:00 Lecture

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-5:00 Pool lab

Lecture Location

Holiday Inn and Suites Hudson, WI

181 Carmichael Road

Hudson WI 54016

Lab Location

St. Croix Therapy

742 Sterbenz Drive

Hudson, WI 54016


If you do not plan to rent a car or use ride share there is a shuttle that goes from the MSP airport to the Hudson, WI park and ride, a 10 minute walk to the Holiday Inn and Suites: If interested the contact info. is 715.830.9400 or If you don't have a car I recommend that you consider staying at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites (see lodging info below) where the lecture portion of the course is being held. I can arrange transportation to and from the pool lab portion of the course.


***Discounted rate and lecture portion of the course being held at hotel listed below***

Holiday Inn and Suites Hudson, WI

181 Carmichael Road

Hudson WI 54016


***For discounted rate call hotel and ask for "The Hudson Hospital rate". Make reservations in advance before hotel is sold out.***

Hotel Link:

There are several other hotels near class location:

Best Western Plus

Comfort Suites

Hampton Inn and Suites

AmericInn by Wyndam

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