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Research Reviews Cardiometabolic Advantages of Aquatic HIIT

2015 July 2
by hydroworx

Fortius Sport & Health Burnaby, BC

A recent review published in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine sought to identify what the cardiometabolic differences were between aquatic high intensity interval training (HIIT) and land-based HIIT and to determine if aquatic HIIT is a safe and effective modality. HIIT is characterized by short bursts of exercise performed at a high intensity. This type of exercise is performed as work-rest intervals with exercise intensities approximately 85% to 95% of maximal heart rate (HR) or >90% maximal oxygen consumption (VO 2max ) followed by periods of rest or moderate-intensity active recovery.

The review included a combination of seven different studies involving aquatic HIIT training via deep water running, underwater treadmill running or swimming. These studies were analyzed and showed the benefits of aquatic HIIT training on different populations. Additionally, the review offered some program designs for achieving aquatic HIIT.

Based on this combination of data from multiple research studies, it was concluded that HIIT in general can provide similar benefits to continuous training (such as running, jogging or walking) but can also provide the advantage of being challenging, effective and time saving. Additionally, it was found that aquatic HIIT training conveys similar benefits to land-based HIIT but with less stress on joints.

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The 2015 Excellence in Aquatics Award winner is…

2015 July 1

Last week during the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s 66th Clinical Symposia & AT Expo, the recipient of the 3rd Excellence in Aquatics Award (SMED) was named.


This award was created to recognize athletic trainers who achieve exceptional rehabilitation results through the use of advanced water therapy.

In addition to announcing the winner of this award, we also gave away a PolarPlunge pool to one lucky winner who entered the drawing. The winner of the HydroWorx PolarPlunge pool was revealed following the award ceremony. The prize was awarded to La Tanja Batiste from Elizabeth City State College!

Prior to the PolarPlunge pool giveaway, Anson Flake, HydroWorx’s Co-Founder and CEO, announced the winner of this year’s Excellence in Aquatics Award.

The three nominees were:

  1. Duke University for the Rehabilitation of Freshman Basketball Star for Championship Run
  2. University of Tennessee’s Sports Medicine Staff for Shattering the Rehab Time Frame Expectations of Freshman Lineman
  3. University of Utah for the Recovery of Gymnast’s Torn Achilles Tendon to Achieve Personal High Scores

There were hundreds of votes online, which counted for one overall vote. There was also a panel of 6 judges who each placed their votes, making a total of 7 votes. The judges were Dr. Dennis Dolny, PhD, Research Specialist at Utah State University; Dr. Paul Hetrick, President of the Hetrick Center and Inventor of the HydroWorx pool; Murphy Grant, Head Football Athletic Trainer and Director of Sports Medicine at the University of Kansas; Barry Lippman, Associate Athletic Trainer/Rehab Coordinator at Coastal Carolina University as well as the 2014 recipient of the Excellence in Aquatics Award; Rob Swire, former Head Physiotherapist for Manchester United FC for 23 years and current Physiotherapist for Manchester United FC Academy; and Lance Walker, Global Director of Performance for Michael Johnson Performance in McKinney, Texas.

University of Tennessee accepting the Excellence in Aquatics Award

University of Tennessee accepting the Excellence in Aquatics Award

And the first place winner of the 2015 Excellence in Aquatics Award (SMED) and recipient of $1,000 was:

University of Tennessee’s Sports Medicine Staff for Shattering the Rehab Time Frame Expectations of Freshman Lineman

Athletic Trainer, Jason McVeigh was present to accept the award on the behalf of his colleague’s, John Dean, Director of Rehabilitation, and himself. Both Jason and John were involved in this remarkable rehabilitation and we couldn’t be more proud of their efforts as well as those from Duke University and University of Utah.

“John and I are honored to be the selected as recipients of the 2015 HydroWorx Excellence in Aquatics Award.  The case studies presented by Duke University and the University of Utah were both excellent as well, and we are proud of all the sports medicine staffs and student-athletes at all three universities for achieving such positive results through their hard work and dedication.  We have a long tradition of using aquatic therapy to benefit our student-athletes at the University of Tennessee, and we are proud to have HydroWorx equipment in multiple athletic training rooms to help us accomplish that mission.”

Congratulations again to all three nominees! 

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Considerations When Choosing a Pool for Your Clinic

2015 June 29

DSC_5691webThe following post is summarized from the recent article, “Taking the Plunge,” written by Dan Seidler, PT, Owner of WSPT, and published in PT Products online.

Aquatic therapy can be one of the best modalities to provide improved outcomes and increased patient satisfaction, but it can also offer an additional revenue stream for a facility. Using aquatic therapy helps to establish a physical therapy clinic as the “facility of choice” in the area. Multiple patient populations benefit from aquatic therapy including those with issues such as chronic pain, obesity, muscle soreness and balance problems. The natural properties of water promote healing, decrease swelling, reduce the impact on joints and enhance cardiovascular endurance.

In the article, Dan Seidler discusses several considerations to look at before investing in any pool:

  1. Staff training: A properly trained staff who understand the values of aquatic therapy helps to increase compliance and outcomes in the pool.
  2. Maintenance: A commitment to making sure the pool is maintained on a  daily, weekly and monthly schedule is vital to being successful.
  3. “Partner” relationship: Finding a manufacturer that feels like a partner in a facility’s success, instead of just a vendor, and can help identify needs and provide good advice.
  4. Durability: It is beneficial to find a vendor that is committed to service and offers a reliable product.
  5. Return on Investment: Make sure to run the numbers and see the potential ROI for your facility. A vendor should be able to offer a detailed model with suggestions to make the pool successful.

Once aquatic therapy is integrated into a practice and patients begin to see benefits from the pool, additional programs can be added to provide additional revenue to the facility. At WSPT, multiple programs have been used such as wellness programs with private pay, youth swimming classes and group classes. These additional programs offer additional revenue and also enhance word of mouth marketing as people who otherwise would not be in the facility create a relationship with the practice.

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HydroWorx is Making a Splash at NATA 2015

2015 June 22
by hydroworx

With the start of NATA 2015 right around the corner, we hope you are as excited as we are for this year’s event.  This year marks the 66th Annual NATA symposium, and the event from June 24-26, 2015, in St. Louis, MO, promises to be bigger and better than ever.  As an exhibitor in booth #1723, we plan to add to the excitement by unveiling our latest innovation.

Be sure to visit us at Booth #1723 for:Sneak-peak

  • Chance to Win a PolarPlunge Pool: The HydroWorx PolarPlunge pool giveaway has returned. All certified athletic trainers can enter the drawing to compete for a PolarPlunge pool for your sports medicine facility by filling out our market survey online or in booth #1723. Three lucky certified athletic trainers will get a chance to win the PolarPlunge on Thursday, June 25th at 11:30am in booth #1723. You must be present to win. (Giveaway not available for students.)
  • The softest HydroWorx t-shirts yet: Fill out our survey in the booth for your free HydroWorx t-shirt (while supplies last).
  • Excellence in Aquatics Award: Please join us for the 3rd HydroWorx Excellence in Aquatics Award (SMED) Ceremony Thursday June 25th at 11:30am in our booth, #1723. To learn more about the Excellence in Aquatics Award, click here>>
  • Our Newest Innovation in Aquatic Therapy: We are excited to debut our new, construction-free product at NATA this year. Be among the first to try it out by registering for a demo today!


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Research Compares Lactate Threshold on Land vs Underwater Treadmill

2015 June 19

Web_DSC5709webRecent research from the Utah State University has focused on identifying whether the intensity where lactate threshold occurs is similar in water vs. land treadmill exercise. The study, “Land Versus Water Treadmill Running: Lactate Threshold,” performed by Ron Garner, Dale Wagner, Eadric Bressel, and Dennis G. Dolny, was designed to identify if the lactic acid that builds up in your blood stream (lactate threshold (LT)) occurs at  different intensities (energy expenditure and treadmill running speeds) when running on land versus an aquatic treadmill. Fifteen males and females free of injury and active runners participated in this study. Each participant was tested for VO2 max, treadmill speed and blood lactate concentration on both the land treadmill and underwater treadmill.

It was found that the lactate threshold occurred at similar perceived effort, and running speed on the underwater as the land treadmill. Additionally, participants experienced the lactate threshold at a lower HR and VO2 response in water. Results concluded that aquatic therapy is beneficial to achieve threshold-intensity training while lowering the stress on the joints that is caused by land running.

This proves valuable for those looking to achieve high intensity training or exercise but without the impact on joints. Aging adults, injured athletes, individuals with arthritis, those that are overweight or healthy athletes can reap the benefits of high intensity training without the impact on their joints. Using an underwater treadmill allows those with injuries or chronic pain to move more freely. For healthy athletes that have an intense training schedule, overuse injuries can be avoided using an underwater treadmill to maintain intensity, without the pounding of land training.

Download our Research Studies Book for a comprehensive overview of studies that have been done on underwater treadmills.

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