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Waterproofing Methods Provide Safe Way to Begin Aquatic Therapy Earlier

2015 April 24

Traditionally, many surgeons, physicians, physical therapists and athletic trainers have hesitated to send patients into hydrotherapy environments immediately after surgery. Their cowaterproofingncerns center around reservations that wounds may become infected or that the patient may not be ready for even non-weight-bearing protocols. However, postponing the opportunity for aquatic therapy has its disadvantages. It can decrease future range of motion, increase the chance that there will be scar tissue development and risk patients becoming frustrated with their therapy sessions.

Clinicians are finally agreeing that early hydrotherapy can be integral to getting patients back on their feet, and research is showing that it is safe and effective.

In this new info sheet about waterproofing methods and early post-operative aquatic therapy, you will learn the benefits of getting post-operative patients in the water sooner from research studies as well as clinicians who are using waterproofing techniques.

“We have found many forward-thinking clinicians who put patients and athletes into the water as early as 2-3 days post-op.”
- Randy Cohen, ATC, Assistant Director of Athletics at the University of Arizona

Randy Cohen’s, ATC, Assistant Director of Athletics and CATS medical service team member at the University of Arizona, is a proponent of early use of aquatic therapy. His strategy for post-op patients, both athletes and non-athletes, is to put them in a therapy pool as soon as possible. Patients who have received the benefit of early rehabilitation have consistently shown increased mobility, reduction in scar tissue development and maintenance of pre-surgery fitness levels.

A few benefits of early post-operative aquatic therapy include:

  1. Increases mobility of muscles and joints safely without forcing them to bear weight before they are physically able. This can reduce pain during and after rehabilitation.
  2. Positive outcomes early in the rehabilitative experience, encouraging patients to continue with their therapy.
  3. Reduces scar tissue around the joint or surgical sites, thanks to improved blood flow; thus, the joint is not hindered later due to a build-up of tissue.
  4. Allows an athlete or active patient to maintain cardiovascular fitness levels during the recovery process, leading to easier transitioning later.


To learn more about the advantages of early post-operative aquatic therapy, download our Waterproofing Info Sheet today>>


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Michael Johnson Performance Training in Brazil

2015 April 22

MJPOveruseimagewebMichael Johnson Performance (MJP), based in McKinney, TX has been working with the Brazil Olympic running team and recently added the Brazil Paralympic team to their list. The Paralympics include athletes with various physical disabilities such as impaired muscle power, impaired passive ROM, amputation, impaired vision or intellectual impairment. Training these individuals brings about its own set of unique training processes for the athletes and their training partners.

MJP has been working with the teams to improve their performance which also involves helping them avoid overuse injuries. We got an inside perspective about the partnership MJP has with the Brazil team, what they plan to do to help them when they come to the US in June and what they’ve learned from working with the teams in Brazil.

Watch the exclusive video below from Lance Walker and Lindsey Anderson…

Don’t miss our upcoming webinar from Lance Walker, Global Director of Performance at Michael Johnson Performance, “Addressing Potential Misconceptions about Training with Aquatics.” Register today>>

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Carolina Village’s Eight Pathways to Wellness

2015 April 17
by hydroworx
Carolina Village  Hendersonville, NC

Carolina Village
Hendersonville, NC

The following post is summarized from the recent article, “A holistic approach to wellness,” written by Kevin Parries and published on the McKnight’s blog.

The term “wellness” means different things to different people. At Carolina Village, a CCRC in Hendersonville, NC, “wellness” is made up of different pathways: physical, emotional, spiritual, nutritional, environmental, social, intellectual and vocational.

According to Kevin Parries, Executive Director of Carolina Village, they invest in programs and technology that contribute to these key pieces of wellness. Aquatic programs meet physical and social needs of their residents. They have two pools at their facility: a larger static pool and a smaller high-tech therapy pool. In the static pool, residents can enjoy group classes, swimming lanes, a resistance walk and a jacuzzi-like bench setting. This offers opportunities to increase physical and social components of wellness.

The high-tech therapy pool provides additional elements for exercise, rehabilitation and relaxation. Residents can run or walk on the underwater treadmill at varying speeds, with or without resistance jets. This customizable environment also includes an underwater video monitoring system, so users can view their gait and make any necessary corrections in real-time to improve posture, increase core strength and reduce their risk of falls. Because the water temperature is kept in the low 90s, residents with chronic pain or aching joints can relax and move more freely in the therapy pool.

The therapy pool is also used for rehabilitation and aquatic therapy to help those that may have ambulation issues due to injuries or surgeries. Using the warmth of the water, combined with the buoyancy and the underwater cameras, residents are able to gain greater ranges of motion, improve gait and increase cardiovascular endurance.

Read the full article today>>

Don’t miss our upcoming webinar: “Influence of an Aquatic Environment on Cognition and Gait”

April 22, 2015 from 1:00 – 2:00pm EDT

Presented by: Dr. Eadric Bressel, Professor and Clinical Research Scientist in the Sports Medicine Program and Dr. Dennis Dolny, Department Head of Health, Physical Education & Recreation in the College of Education & Human Services at Utah State University

Join biomechanists Eadric Bressel, PhD, and Dennis Dolny, PhD, to learn how research explains the differences among walking on land, in shallow water or on an underwater treadmill followed by results of the latest findings linking immersion in water to brain activity and possibly cognition. Register Today>>

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5 Reasons Underwater Treadmill Running Outperforms Land

2015 April 16
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keith ori pictureRunning underwater outperforms land running in many ways, simply because it provides many of the same results as land running, but with even more benefit. The natural properties of water offer benefits unmatched on land.

  1. Reduced risk of injury. The buoyancy of the water can decrease an individual’s body weight by up to 90%. Removing this amount of pressure from joints and muscles means that there is less wear and tear on the body. This allows for increased mileage for runners and athletes without compromising the body, resulting in reduced overuse injuries.
  2. Increased muscle strength. Although running underwater is sometimes considered “easier” because your body is lighter, the viscosity of the water makes the work on your muscles “harder.” Since your body needs to push through the natural resistance of the water (or additional resistance through pool jets), it strengthens leg and foot muscles. It also requires more core strength to maintain proper positioning in the volatile water.
  3. Improved circulation, decreased swelling and less pain. The hydrostatic pressure of the water supercharges the venous return process. This helps to quickly move excess waste and lactic acid from the muscles, which decreases swelling symptoms and muscle soreness.
  4. Improved mental outlook. For those that have difficulty running on land or have hit a plateau in their training, underwater running can provide the extra motivation to keep going. Often, individuals are capable of doing more underwater than they can on land, whether it be exercising longer, harder or faster. Seeing the results in the water can motivate individuals to continue pushing themselves on land in order to accomplish what they are able to in the water.
  5. Decreased perception of effort. Due to the combination of all of the properties of water, many individuals feel as though they are not working a hard as on land. Although their efforts may actually be producing greater results, the perception of effort is low, thanks to the added relaxation, reduced muscle soreness and weightlessness.

Supplementing a land routine with underwater treadmill running can improve your results and provide additional benefits such as those mentioned above. Many professional and collegiate athletes rely on aqua running as a portion of their training to improve their performance.

Learn how everyone can benefit from the use of underwater treadmill running from the “6 Benefits of Underwater Running” Infographic.


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For more on underwater running from Alberto Salazar and Dr. Dennis Dolny, download the free book “Underwater Treadmill Running”>>

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Upcoming Webinar: Influence of an Aquatic Environment on Cognition and Gait

2015 April 15

The connection between cognition and gait in patients recovering from illnesses, injuries and surgeries through aquatic therapy exercise has been a little-researched topic.  Two doctors from Utah State University in Logan. UT have made great strides in understanding those connections. 

Research Webinar

Join us April 22, 2015 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm EDT for the free webinar, “Influence of an Aquatic Environment on Cognition and Gait.” Dr. Eadric Bressel, Professor and Clinical Research Scientist in the Sports Medicine Program and Dr. Dennis Dolny, Department Head of Health, Physical Education & Recreation in the College of Education & Human Services at Utah State University will be discussing some of their latest research discoveries. 

Research is exploring two big questions about aquatic environments: (1) How does walking in shallow water compare to walking on an underwater treadmill or on land? (2) Does the aquatic environment influence cognition? To answer these questions, leading researchers have begun to explore the direct and indirect effects of aquatic therapy in regards to cognition and gait. These questions will also help to answer why aquatic programming may have additional value for your participants, beyond what was previously understood. 

Attendees will explore:
  • The biomechanical differences between locomotion on land, in shallow water and on an underwater treadmill. 
  • How water immersion influences cognitive function using a dual-task paradigm.

Who will benefit from this webinar: 

  • Physical and occupational therapists and assistants
  • Wellness directors and coordinators
  • Aquatics and fitness directors
  • Professors and researchers

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