Course 2: Pace, Plunge, Power and Plyo – Aquatics for Parkinson Disease

Course 2: Pace, Plunge, Power and Plyo – Aquatics for Parkinson Disease


See how persons with Parkinson Disease (PwPD) can improve their skills in balance; their resources in power, strength and endurance; as well as participate in disease-modifying exercise – all within an aquatic environment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Parkinson Disease: not a one-size (program) fits all
  • Disease modification in PD – the science behind slowing the progression
  • Tremor Dominant (TD) Parkinson: power, fatiguability and dual task
  • Postural Instability Gait Disorder (PIGD) Parkinson: balance, strength and motor control
  • Dyskinesias

Mike Studer (PT, MHS, NCS, CEEAA, CWT, CSST, FAPTA) received his physical therapy degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 1991. He received his post-professional MHS degree in physical therapy with neurologic emphasis from the University of Indianapolis. He has been board-certified as a Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy since 1995 and has been designated a Certified Exercise Expert in the Aging Adult (CEEAA) by the Geriatric Section of the APTA. Mike has served as the vice-president of the Neurology Section of the APTA and has been the chair of several special interest groups including the Practice Committee of the Academies of Neurology and Geriatric PT. He is a full-time treating therapist at, and founder of, Northwest Rehabilitation Associates in Oregon. Mr. Studer has presented courses and published articles on neurologic and geriatric rehabilitation since 1995 and has authored or co-authored several book chapters as well. Mike is now regularly a guest lecturer on an international basis at several universities and national meetings on the topics of balance, motor control, motor learning, cognitive impairment and case management. He was awarded the 2011 Clinician of the Year by the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy – a section of the American Physical Therapy Association – and the same award by the Academy of Geriatric PT – making him the first to receive this national distinction from each section.