For adults with acquired progressive and non-progressive neurological conditions, impairments in strength, flexibility, endurance, and coordination can cause limitations in the ability to participate in activities of daily life and reduce participation in work and leisure. These limitations often lead to decreased quality of life, limited participation in exercise, and decreased community engagement.
Fortunately, a growing body of evidence supports the use of exercise to improve fitness, cognitive function, and participation in work, leisure, and community engagement for adults with neurologic conditions. Long term participation in exercise programs also have the added benefit of improving overall health and reducing the impact of secondary conditions, as well as decreasing overall morbidity and mortality. Although these benefits have been achieved through various types of exercise, aquatic exercise provides unique and additional opportunities to safely improve function and promote lifelong wellness for people with neurological conditions.
In this session we will provide information about the benefits of aquatic exercise for adults living with acquired progressive and non-progressive neurological system disorders, including stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson disease, dementia, or traumatic brain injury.
We will provide information about the components of successful aquatic exercise programs for individuals with these conditions. Potential barriers to implementation and strategies that may address these barriers will be discussed. Using this information, attendees will be better prepared to develop, enhance, and/or implement aquatic exercise programs for individuals with neurologic conditions.