Happy Labor Day! Many of us will be enjoying this day off of work to celebrate the end of summer with family and friends at picnics, pool parties and BBQs. Here are some fun and interesting facts about Labor Day that might help you out in the next game of Trivial Pursuit! These facts were compiled from 10 Interesting Facts about Labor Day and a Forbes article, 10 Labor Day Facts.
- The first U.S. Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York City, planned by the Central Labor Union. The Labor Day parade of about 10,000 workers took unpaid leave and marched from City Hall past Union Square uptown to 42nd street, and ended in Wendel’s Elm Park at 92nd Street and 9th Avenue for a concert, speeches, and a picnic.
- Oregon was the first to declare Labor Day an official holiday in 1887.
- Labor Day is considered the ‘unofficial NFL season kickoff.’ 99.44 percent of the time, the NFL plays its first official season game the Thursday after Labor Day.
- The first Waffle house opened on Labor Day. In 1955, in Avondale Estates, GA, the very first Waffle House opened its doors to the public.
- What are we celebrating? The contributions and achievements of the 155 million men and women who are in the U.S. workforce.
- On June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.
Happy Labor Day!
The following blog post has been summarized from the recent article, “Paralysis rehabilitation clinic breaks ground to help growing need,” written by Rachel Lewis on KSL.com.
Neuroworx, a unique rehabilitation facility dedicated to treating patients with paralysis from spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, strokes and other neurological conditions, opened in 2004. Co-Founders, Dale Hull and Jan Black, created this facility in order to make comprehensive outpatient neurological rehabilitation available to as many people as possible, regardless of resources.
Dr. Dale Hull, a Utah physician at the time, suffered a traumatic spinal cord injury in 1999. As a result of the accident, Hull was paralyzed from the neck down. In a split second, Hull went from being the practitioner to the patient.
“Six months after his injury, Hull had some neurological recovery but was essentially nonfunctional and wheelchair dependent. He was introduced to Physical Therapist Jan Black and with her guidance, they began to see improvement. Two and a half years of intense therapy culminated with Hull walking, unassisted, as part of the 2002 Winter Olympic Torch Relay.”
As a result of Hull’s challenging and successful rehabilitation, both Hull and Black recognized a need to provide others with the same opportunity. This is what led to the creation of Neuroworx.
Neuroworx has provided care for more than 1,000 patients, hailing from 25 states and four countries. However, space for more growth is extremely limited at their current location.
“Due to increased demand, we simply need more room to serve more people,” said co-founder Black. “These injuries require extra time and effort — more visits than typically covered by insurance, more time per visit, more intensive therapies, more specialized equipment and more expertise. Neuroworx is designed to meet those needs.”
This month, Neuroworx announced groundbreaking for a new facility in Utah!
The new building will be a 24,500-square-foot, two-level center. Adults and children with neurological conditions will have access to the facility. It will include another HydroWorx therapy pool with an underwater treadmill, an enlarged land therapy space containing state-of-the art robotic equipment for gait training and a gymnasium for wheelchair/walking practice and to promote wheelchair-based sports.
“We are incredibly grateful for the cooperation, support and philanthropy of so many in our community to make this a reality,” said Hull. “We especially express appreciation to Workers Compensation Fund, the Sorenson Legacy Foundation and the Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Foundation for their generosity.”
Construction on the building is slated to begin in September with completion anticipated in spring 2015.
We may not all be professional athletes, but any level of athlete can benefit from underwater running. Whether you are a weekend warrior, a collegiate all-star, first-time 5k runner, professional baseball player or high school lacrosse player, incorporating water into workouts can provide powerful physical and psychological benefits. Here are just five of the ways that training underwater can improve your conditioning:
- Active recovery is effective and efficient – While it is important to let your body rest from difficult training days, “off” days don’t have to mean doing nothing. Using complementary exercise that is less stressful on the body, such as underwater treadmill training, can be even more beneficial to an athlete. Specialists at Michael Johnson Performance set aside one day a week for active recovery sessions including yoga and underwater treadmill training.
- Daily recovery using contrast therapy reboots muscles – The experts at Michael Johnson Performance also believe in the power of daily recovery using hot and cold plunge pools to reboot muscles after a hard workout. They have found that their athletes’ muscles are better prepared for the next day of training after using contrast therapy.
- Running underwater improves land-based running function - Underwater treadmill running requires the use of different muscles in order to push through the viscosity (drag) of the water. This, in turn, provides additional power when on land.
- Running on an underwater treadmill increases aptitude without increasing injury risk – Even elite runners, such as those of the Oregon Project coached by Alberto Salazar, can run “too much.” Each runner has a threshold where the risks of extra mileage are not worth the potential benefit. Using underwater running is a way to increase mileage without increasing risk of injury.
- Running underwater increases strength and lean muscle mass – According to a research study from Texas A&M University, underwater treadmill training combined with resistance training increases lean muscle mass more than land training combined with resistance training.
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Gait training is the act of learning, relearning or correcting the way an individual walks. In the case of relearning how to walk, it is often accomplished through physical therapy on land in order to improve a patient’s ability to stand and walk, help to prevent falls, strengthen muscles and joints, improve balance and posture, develop muscle memory and build endurance.
Improving one’s gait and in turn increasing one’s physical activity and movement has also been proven to reduce other illnesses, such as heart disease and osteoporosis.
The physical therapists at Lakeview Village in Lenexa, Kansas work to improve their patients’ gait, mobility, confidence, and understanding through the use of the HydroWorx 1200 Series pool. Interestingly, they include the therapy jets and attachable massage hose to target tight, problem areas in patients’ muscles. After a targeted massage on calf and gastroc muscles there is visible improvement in gait, range of motion, as well as an increase in comfort and reduced pain. Therapists use this noticeable difference to explain the importance of exercise and stretching protocols to patients.
Watch as one patient goes through the preliminary gait training process, and see the differences in her stride and heel strike after the hydromassage.
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Did you ever think you would see the words, “osteoarthritis” and “high-intensity training” in the same sentence? Osteoarthritis, according to the Mayo Clinic, is the most common form of arthritis that occurs when the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones wears down over time, creating “wear-and-tear.” Therefore, words that come to mind when you hear osteoarthritis are, pain, discomfort and fatigue.
A recent groundbreaking research study out of Utah State University demonstrates the benefits that individuals with osteoarthritis can experience as a result of performing high-intensity training (HIIT) on an underwater treadmill. “The study- funded by the National Swimming Pool Foundation and published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research— found that its participants experienced significantly less joint pain, improved balance and better mobility after participating in a six-week exercise regimen. After the completion of the six weeks, participants’ walking speed was nearly identical to that of people without arthritis.”
Eadric Bressel, the research study’s lead author and a professor in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation explains that “land-based exercises only load the joints with the person’s body weight.” By performing these exercises underwater, an individual is able to unload their body weight up to 80%, depending on the depth of the water. Therefore, as Bressel states in the article, this study was pioneering the way for a new type of exercise that these individuals could not achieve on land. He continued to say that typically you would think that if someone with arthritis were to do something at a high intensity level that it would exacerbate the pain, but they observed otherwise.
This recent study, “High-Intensity Interval Training on an Aquatic Treadmill in Adults With Osteoarthritis: Effect on Pain, Balance, Function and Mobility,” was inspired by a ‘landmark study’ on osteoarthritis in 2011 that found a “very strong relationship between reduction in body weight and improvement in arthritis pain.” However, for years there have been studies that say “if you go in the water it will improve symptoms of arthritis,” but the results have never been significantly better than land. Utah State University wanted to take this type of study to the next level by being the first to integrate high-intensity interval training on an underwater treadmill into the study.
One patient with osteoarthritis comments on her use of the underwater treadmill:
“It helps relieve a certain amount of pain because you’re not out on that pressure like you would be out on a hard floor. The treadmill moves for you and helps keep those muscles working. It moves at a pace you can handle and as you proceed with treatment after treatment, they turn it on faster. It helps develop your muscles and give strength gradually, and that’s what I like about this.”
Download our full research studies book, which includes summaries of each of the research studies that have been done on a HydroWorx underwater treadmill!