Johan Lambeck - ICEBAT INDIA-2017

Johan Lambeck


Speaker Profile

Johan Lambeck, Netherlands

Johan Lambeck PT owns an Aquatic Therapy Consultancy. From 1979 – 1998 he was in charge of the Department of Aquatic Therapy in the Rehabilitation Centre Sint Maartenskliniek (Nijmegen, NL). He is co-founder of the International Halliwick Association and the  Association International Aquatic Therapy Faculty (IATF).

In 1998 he was named Aquatic Therapy Professional of the year in the USA. He has taught over 900 seminars in 50 countries on almost all topics in aquatic therapy.. He is the author or co-author of 5 books / CDRom’s , over 30 published articles and chapters in (peer reviewed) journals and books on aquatics and aquatic therapy. In 2005, he joined the Cochrane Collaboration balneotherapy review group. Johan was affiliated as Free Research Associate to the Faculty of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences, KU Leuven (2006-2016), joining the EU Erasmus Aquaevidence/Aquaoutcome project, see his Linkedin profile . His Research Gate Score SG = 21.45 and the h-index = 7.

 Since July 2016 he is Honorary Chair of IATA-China and Honorary Advisor of the China Rehabilitation Research Center in Beijing.
His consultancy and teaching institute has clients in over 45 countries worldwide. As a knowledge broker, he tries to implement the existing evidence in the daily practice of aquatic therapy. Keywords are:

  • -patient centered approach based on clinical reasoning
  • skillful hands-on teaching
  • teaching-by-reasoning-and-doing

He is Senior Lecturer in all networks of the  Association IATF (International Aquatic Therapy Faculty), see

 Johan also is primary contact person for the Aquatic Physical Therapy Network affiliated to the WCPT (APTI)

Keynote Title:

Evidence Based Neurological Aquatic Therapy: New Insights

Evidence is emerging on a fascinating new perspective in neurological aquatic physical therapy: the possibility to influence the brain in the framework of neuroprotective and neurocognitive exercise. Neuroprotection refers to the relative preservation of neuronal integrity and aims to prevent or slow disease progression and secondary injuries by halting or at least slowing the loss of neurons. Exercises can be Neuroprotective when these are of sufficient aerobic intensity – and even anaerobic level – or include a high dose of information with problems to be solved. These are included in a concept like environmental enrichment, which also includes sustained physical exercise as in distributed practice (Sale 2014). We hypothesize that both concepts can be included in aquatic physical therapy for e.g. adults with Parkinson disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke or traumatic brain injury.

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