Contextualizing Aquatic Rehabilitative Practices in Canada

Title: Contextualizing Aquatic Rehabilitative Practices in Canada
Authors: Ashton, Alyssa
Date: 2018-05-16
Abstract: This thesis explored the current context of aquatic rehabilitative practices in Canada. More specifically, three inter-related topics on Aquatic Therapy (AT) and Aquatic Physical Therapy (APT) in Canada were examined: 1) the development of knowledge, training and expertise on APT and AT, 2) recognition and acceptance of cultural and social authority on AT and APT (Starr, 1982), and 3) the practitioners’ perceptions of barriers to practicing and participation in aquatic therapy. Semi-structured qualitative interviews were conducted with seven (7) stakeholders including Ontario aquatic physical therapists, aquatic therapists, instructors on aquatic therapy and members of the College of Physiotherapy of Ontario (CPO) and the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA). Interviews were complimented with open-ended questionnaires sent to Chairs of Physical Therapy programs in seven Canadian Universities. Our research identified the most common means of acquiring knowledge on aquatic rehabilitative practices was through University Physiotherapy program curriculum; private training courses; and in-house within facilities where aquatic therapists and aquatic physical therapists are employed. This thesis also examined facilitators/barriers to practicing and receiving aquatic therapy and aquatic physical therapy. Through critical analysis, this thesis reflected on the ways in which social and cultural authority (Starr, 1982) are constructed within the field of aquatic therapy (AT) and aquatic physical therapy (APT). Recommendations and areas for future research included specialized training courses by scope of practice, and increased in-pool practicum training within Physiotherapy programs in Canada.
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