Aquatic Therapy for Balance and Fall Prevention – 5 Hours



Many therapists focus on balance training and fall prevention as a core aspect of their work. However, challenging patients with balance deficits can be challenging without risking further harm. This is where the therapy pool comes in. The therapy pool is designed to provide a safe and effective environment for balance challenges. This course aims to help participants understand when it is appropriate to use aquatic therapy, how balance and gait differ in water, and how to ensure that aquatic therapy is necessary and reasonable care. The course also includes a mock pool lab with exercise illustrations, which can give therapists new ideas for working with their patients in the water.

Upon completion of this course (Aquatic Therapy for Balance and Fall Prevention), you will be able to: 

  • List at least 5 independent factors contributing to fall risk in community-dwelling older adults.
  • Describe 1 therapeutic effect produced by each of these hydrodynamic properties on the human body during upright immersion: Buoyancy, viscosity, and drag
  • Make a brief argument for using aquatic exercise for balance training, using at least two of the hydrodynamic properties discussed.
  • List at least 2 ways the gait cycle differs on land and water.
  • Describe the potentially dangerous loading effects of open-chain exercises performed with equipment at rapid speeds in water.
  • List at least 1-way immersion changes in spinal and lower extremity joint compression forces.
  • List 5 precautions that should be considered when treating in an aquatic medium.
  • Describe 1 scenario of “medical necessity” related to aquatics provision.
  • Describe 5 ways to ensure “skilled care” during an aquatic session.
  • Describe 3 quick balance and gait assessments that can be performed poolside as part of an ongoing assessment process.
  • Describe 3 aquatic exercises to enhance spinal stabilization and posture.
  • Describe 3 aquatic exercises to improve balance reactions.
  • Describe 3 aquatic exercises to mimic the performance of activities of daily living, such as bed mobility.


Author:  Andrea Salzman, MS, PT  

Contact Hours: 5 Hours / 5 PDR (AOTA CEUs—0.5)   

Cost: $35 / Participant 

Educational Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: None

AOTA Classification Codes: Category 1 – OT Service Delivery

Instructional Methods:  Online Independent Self-Study (Training + Post-Test). A minimum score of 70% is required to pass the course. You will receive a printable (PDF) certificate via email upon completion.

Target Audience: OTs/ OTAs, PTs / PTAs, Other Health Professionals

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Biologix Solutions LLC is an approved provider of professional development by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). This distance learning-independent course is approved for 0.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and falls under the Intermediate, Category 1 – OT Service Delivery. It’s important to note that the assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply the endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. The course approval ID# is 9837.

The current term of approval extends from 6/21/2017 through 6/30/2025. Provider ID: 9837.

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