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OrthoCarolina Integrates a HydroWorx for a Second Time

2014 April 16

As healthcare and patient needs continue to evolve, OrthoCarolina has integrated a second HydroWorx pool to offer more health benefits for people in need of aquatic physical therapy and alternatives to land-based exercise.

Aquatic therapy had become so popular at OrthoCarolina that they sometimes had difficulty getting every patient in their pool.  Their HydroWorx InstaFit Series pool is very different than a traditional pool typically found at a health club. This therapy pool is specially equipped with an underwater treadmill, massage hose capabilities, resistance therapy jets and underwater video.  These advanced technologies allow their physical therapists and specialists to provide innovative healing, which was becoming somewhat of a double-edged sword before the company decided to invest in a second HydroWorx therapy pool which they installed at one of their facilities several miles away.

“We’ve had so much success, but it can be difficult to keep up with the demand,” admits Cheryl Bennett, PTA.  “Having another therapy pool allows us to offer more for patients who want and need aquatic therapy.  That’s a huge group, too; so many people need this kind of avenue to transition safely to land-based physical therapies.  Without aquatic therapy, many patients would fall off the schedule or have tremendous difficulty getting over the initial ‘hump’ of therapy.  With the pool, we can get them headed in the right direction from day one.”

Duane Albers, PT, Director of Physical and Hand Therapy, OrthoCarolina notes, “The pool continues to be very successful for our patient population and for many of our patients. It allows us to initiate therapy earlier following their injury which in turn helps to regain function sooner and pose less long term complications. Additionally, for those patients who are limited in WB (weight bearing) or who may be challenged by land based exercises, it allows us to make functional progressions in the pool to carry over to a land based program. The decision to add a second pool was highly supported by our physician leadership in order to provide a high level of care in multiple locations to meet the growing needs and convenience of our patients.”

Now that they have added a second therapy pool at the north end of their city, they are able to offer a more convenient solution for former and current OrthoCarolina patients who do not wish to fight through traffic for their aquatic therapy. In the past, some OrthoCarolina patients tried to continue their progress in the pool at local gyms, but those pools’ cooler temperatures and more generalized programs made them frustrated with the experience.  Having a warm-water HydroWorx pool in a different location enables OrthoCarolina to offer expanded services to a broader group of people in need.

About OrthoCarolina:

As one of the nation’s leading orthopedic practices, OrthoCarolina is your destination for comprehensive orthopedic care.  Since 1922 we’ve offered a continuum of care for patients across the Southeast.  Our dedication to training and research coupled with our expertise in foot and ankle, hip and knee, shoulder and elbow, spine, sports medicine and pediatrics allow for the high quality care patients expect.  OrthoCarolina intends to build on the previous established relationship between Novant Health and Cleveland Clinic for our patients here in Charlotte.

Read the full press release today>>

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Underwater Training Keeps Boston Marathon a Possibility for Michigan Woman

2014 April 15

HydroWorx 500 SeriesThe 2014 Boston Marathon is fast approaching and runners are moving out of training mode and into pre-race preparation. Many have worked hard to qualify for the oldest and biggest marathon and to be a part of such an historic event. Running the race means so many different things to many different people. Some are setting out to set a marathon record, some a personal record, some just have a goal to finish. For some it is their first time running, and for others it might be their 10th time. The beauty of running is that amateurs and professionals alike can participate.

For one runner, Adriane Agria-Halford, her first Boston Marathon is very different than previous races that she’s run. According to the article, “Battling back: Petoskey’s Agria-Halford training for her first Boston Marathon,” on, she began running 5ks in 2009. Agria-Halford worked her way up through half-marathons and then ran the full Detroit Marathon in 2012, which unexpectedly qualified her for this upcoming Boston Marathon. But for this race, she is working her way back from two fractures in her pelvis. Agria-Halford started noticing the pain in September of 2013. When she finally discovered the source, she was in the middle of training for Boston and told her doctor she did not want to take the 6-weeks off from running, as prescribed.

Thanks to an open-minded doctor, she discovered she could continue her training during those weeks without hindering her healing. He suggested she try some cross-training modalities that remove the effects of gravity but mimic land-running, such as HydroWorx aquatic therapy. Agria-Halford started training in the HydroWorx 500 Series pool at Tim Bondy Physical Therapy over the winter and has worked up to an hour per session while continually increasing her speed.

“It feels like running and the resistance jets in front make it feel as if you’re running into the wind,” Agria-Halford said. “It makes it harder than running on land and you don’t have the jarring of running. It really does feel like running, I’m impressed.” – Adriane Agria-Halford

She is now cleared to run on land and has begun adding in some outdoor training to get herself fully ready for the Boston Marathon next week. She feels extremely honored to be a part of the marathon and is focused solely on finishing. Considering the obstacles she overcame, that’s a mighty goal that not everyone could do!

We wish Adriane and everyone else who is competing in the 2014 Boston Marathon the best of luck!

Alberto Salazar, 1982 Boston Marathon winner, details in this video why even healthy runners should train using an underwater treadmill:

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Decorated Local Masters Athlete Talks Training and Recovery

2014 April 10

Congratulations to local Masters athlete, Nick Berra, on his recent success! Berra has been one busy, but very successful person in the 2013-2014 running season.

Berra participated in The World Masters Athletics Indoor Championships that took place March 25-30, 2014 in Budapest, Hungary and returned home with some hardware. Berra ran a total of  8 races in 16 days, some of which were trials and qualifying races, which certainly takes a toll on the body. Without the proper preparation and training, the body will begin to break down sooner than expected, which can really derail a runner’s plans. However, Berra went into these Championships with a positive outlook, a great deal of past success and hours of training and preparation. Berra’s training program ranges from land running, treadmill running, underwater treadmill running, strength training and more.

Here is what Nick Berra has to say about his recent success and training program:

I knew I would be turning 45 years old towards the end of the 2014 indoor season, so I tailored my training to peak after my birthday in late February.  With the rough winter we had here in the Northeast I did much less running outdoors than I have in years past – the weather was too ugly and our roads and trails were often covered in snow.  I used a variety of methods to try to keep the quality of my workouts where I wanted them to be – I did lots of interval workouts in the HydroWorx pool, I tried to find indoor tracks when I could during my work layovers (Ottawa, New York City). I hit an occasional elliptical machine, and then did do some tempo workouts on the roads when I could.  I got in a groove in the month prior to my first big race, alternating between land and water for my “quality” workouts, then the “day after” recovery runs would almost always be in the HydroWorx pool.  I was probably getting 3 or 4 workouts in a week for almost a straight month – a ton of quality work for me but, the water made it all possible with little to no soreness throughout this tough stretch.  Once I started serious racing, all of the work paid off. In consecutive weeks I anchored a world record indoor 4x800m relay, broke the M45 (45-59 age group) indoor world record in the 800m in 1:56.10, won two national titles at the USATF Masters Indoor Championships in Boston, then won two world championships in Budapest at the WMA Indoor World Championships.  It’s safe to say that turning 45 has been pretty good to me…

I just got back from the meet in Europe on Saturday, and I am beat.  The month of solid racing took its toll on me, so despite the break in the weather I’ll probably spend the next week or so recovering in the pool on the underwater treadmill – long slow runs to start, then maybe some easy intervals to get back into the swing of things.  Hopefully my outdoor season will be as fruitful as the indoor one was – I look forward to hitting the track and roads before too long with the rest of the HydroWorx Track Club.  

Here are the results from Berra’s two gold medal races! Congratulations again!

Event 250 M45 800 Meter Run

World Masters Athletics: Record 1:56.10 

Finals: 1st Place Berra, Nicholas (M45) United States 1:59.36

Event 262 M45 1500 Meter Run

World Masters Athletics Record: 3:57.91

Finals:  1st Place Berra, Nicholas (M45) United States 4:07.75


To learn more about underwater running,  download the book, “Underwater Treadmill Running” by Alberto Salazar and Dr. Dennis Dolny>>

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Research Shows That Aquatic Treadmill Training Reduces Blood Pressure Reactivity to Physical Stress

2014 April 9

Cutting edge research has been done at Texas A&M University on aquatic treadmill training and the results are pretty amazing.  And they were totally unexpected.texasamresearch

The study, published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, took a look at a lot of aspects of underwater treadmill training and its effects on adults. One major (and unexpected)  finding was how aquatic treadmill training affected blood pressure. Sixty sedentary adults were randomly selected to be a part of either the land treadmill training group (LTM) or the aquatic treadmill training group (ATM) for 12 weeks. The maximal Bruce Treadmill test was performed before and after training and blood pressure was measured prior to, at the end of each stage and for 5 minutes following exercise testing. The maximal Bruce treadmill test is a standardized diagnostic tool used to evaluate cardiac function, which involves walking on a treadmill while being monitored by an electrocardiograph. Not only did they use this technical means of gathering data, they also went a step further and were able to get muscle biopsies from 12 of the participants. The muscle samples were tested for eNOS content (the controller of smooth muscle content).

The results of this 12 week study found that ATM, but not LTM, had a significant impact. It reduced resting diastolic blood pressure, exercise systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, mean arterial pressure, and pulse pressure during exercise and recovery. They also found that the ATM group also had an increase in skeletal muscle (but not the LTM group).

This is a big deal!  We always knew that underwater treadmill training makes us feel great and we have known for a long time that runners and athletes use it for training because they feel it makes them stronger and recover faster. And we know that patients recovering from surgery, rehabbing from injury, or working to lose weight find amazing results from the water. But now we know WHY! This means that underwater training is truly affecting blood pressure and strengthening muscles.

You can find the research study here>>

To learn more about the research being done at Texas A&M University, please watch this video:

For a full library of research studies on aquatic therapy please visit our website>>

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Free Webcast : The Stages of Aquatic Rehabilitation After ACL Tear

2014 April 8

Join us in person or online for our upcoming educational event, The Stages of Aquatic Rehabilitation After ACL Tear. Our presenter, Randy Cohen, ATC, Assistant Director of Athletics, University of Arizona, will be presenting live from the HydroWorx 2000 Series pool at University of Arizona on April 15, 2014 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm EDT.Blog Cohen

Many athletes are affected by the complicated and long term rehabilitation associated with an ACL tear. Randy Cohen is an athletic trainer at the University of Arizona who has over 10 years’ experience utilizing the HydroWorx pools to rehab ACL injuries. During the webcast, whether attending in person or online, participants will watch Randy review the use of the pools from the time of injury to days after surgery to low impact conditioning after the athlete has returned to sport. He will discuss all steps along the rehab process and the ways that water therapy and the HydroWorx pools enhance the overall rehab process and improve function when the athlete returns to sport.

Attendees will learn:

  • the importance of aquatic therapy through each stage of ACL rehabilitation including: controlling pain and swelling, early stage rehabilitation and low-impact conditioning
  • protocols for each stage of ACL rehabilitation
  • how to identify an athlete’s progression timeline
  • how aquatic therapy enhances function for returning to play

This 1 hour webcast will broadcast live from the HydroWorx 2000 Series pool at University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. Live attendees will have the opportunity to try out the HydroWorx 2000 Series pool and 1200 Series Pool as well as the ThermalPlunge and PolarPlunge pools. Make sure you bring your bathing suit and towel!

When : April 15, 2014

Time : 1:00 -2:00pm EDT

Where : University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

If you are interested in attending in person, please contact Michele Reber today by email at

If you cannot attend in person, please join us on the Live Webcast. Register online today for the live webcast!

About our presenter:

Randy Cohen is currently the associate athletics director for medical services at the University of Arizona. He has been in that position since 2001. Before coming to Arizona, Randy was an assistant athletic trainer for eight years at Purdue University and spent one season as an intern athletic trainer at University of Notre Dame.  Randy has a degree in athletic training from Purdue University, a degree in physical therapy from the University of Illinois – Chicago, and a doctorate of physical therapy from Simmons College. He is the chair of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) College and University Athletic Training Committee.


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