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World Class Technology and Therapy for World Class Soldiers

2014 July 14

DrAndrews 051The following post has been summarized from the recent article in Government Recreation and Fitness titled, “Tactical Athletes…Naval Special Warfare Building More Resilient Warriors.”

For those who are completing some of the most challenging and dangerous missions in the military, it is essential that they receive the best training, equipment and resources.

“Our mission is to provide optimum sports medicine, rehabilitative care and medical material support to all active duty personnel of Naval Special Warfare Group One,” said Mark Rogow, who is the Sports Medicine program manager for Naval Special Warfare Group One (NSWGI), NAB Coronado, Calif. “We provide musculoskeletal support to those who sustain injuries of any kind by providing clinical evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation by a highly trained and specialized team of experts. The plan of care is designed to achieve the maximum level of function in a minimum amount of time, taking into account the safety of the individuals and operations commitments of the NSW population.”

The Sports Medicine Clinic is part of the Tactical Athlete Program (TAP) and the Logistics Support Unit Medical Department. The Human Performance staff, which includes strength coaches, a performance dietician and sports-psych professional works within the TAP. “TAP is a Special Operations Command-funded program that provides the collegiate and professional sports medicine/human performance model across all of SpecOps.”

Additionally, they have created The Bridge Gym which serves as the link between rehab and the human performance team. This creates a smooth transition from rehab back to either their teams or the facilities, which is where the human performance staff is located. The Bridge Gym is home to the Bridge program “which is designed to augment the NSW operators overall conditioning, both following injury and/or surgical intervention, as well as those who have not suffered an injury.”

There are numerous other programs and processes instituted on this base to create the best possible care for their recovering soldiers. In addition, the facilities hosts an abundance of top-of-the-line equipment and modalities. These include: LightForce Class IV Laser; HydroWorx Therapeutic Pool with underwater treadmill; OptoGait; Total Gym; Game Ready/Quad 7 devices; Shuttle 2000; Keiser Iso-trainer and so many more. (The full list is on page 21 of the article).

A recent key area of focus is hydrotherapy with their newly installed HydroWorx aquatic therapy pool.

“It has taken over two years to make this dream a reality, and we anticipate the pool to be up and running within the next month,” said Rogow. “One of the reasons we are looking forward to using the hydrotherapy pool is so we can initiate treatment and intervention sooner with many different types of acute injuries, post-op patients and chronic pain patients. With the underwater treadmill, we will be able to go forward or backwards or sideways, as well as do rotational movements so we are looking forward to increasing our capability here with hydrotherapy.”

Rogow along with the staff of athletic trainers, physical therapists and strength coaches are enthusiastic about implementing this technology into the overall recovery process. Rogow said his experience in professional and collegiate athletics has taught him that hydrotherapy “is an incredible modality for so many athletes….pre-hab, post-surgical, chronic pain, acute injury, recovery and much more.”

HydroWorx is truly honored to be able to be a part of this facility.

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Top 5 HydroWorx Videos

2014 July 11

RadicalAquaticWeightLossRadicalAquaticWeightLosswalnut ridgeWe love to continually offer new videos to educate and entertain our readers! It’s always interesting to find out which videos are viewed the most because it’s very telling of the things people are interested in. Based on the last year of viewing stats, we know that people love videos about athletes and knees.  See our Top 5 most viewed videos (besides product videos) below:


5. Aquatic Weight Loss Case History: Ken is a business professional who began working out in March, 2007 in ACCUA’s HydroWorx pool.  His goal was to lose weight in an efficient manner, maximizing his exercise time.  In six months of working with Chris Kost and Dan Kallberg, Ken has lost over 50 pounds and continues his amazing, healthy progress.

4. MS and Parkinson’s Case History: Virginia Bishop has been living with multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease since the mid-nineties. Her declining strength and balance had gradually infringed upon her quality of life. Fortunately, Virginia found Walnut Ridge in Clive, IA. Nick Drey, the senior community’s Director of Wellness created an aquatic therapy protocol for Virginia in their HydroWorx pool. Her water rehabilitation sessions have produced fantastic results! Her activity level has increased dramatically; she’s built enough stamina and core strength to perform daily tasks as well as play the piano again.

3. Alberto Salazar & the Oregon Project: Watch as Alberto Salazar and the elite USA running team, The Oregon Project, show us one of the key training tools they’ve utilized that has brought so much success and excitement to American running. Not only is the HydroWorx Underwater Treadmill vital to the team, which includes USA Olympian and record holder Galen Rupp, but it also provided the extra rehab and conditioning to lead them to their ultimate goal: The 2012 London Olympics.

2. Adrian Peterson’s Rehab: The Inside Story: Adrian Peterson defied the odds when he returned from ACL surgery to rush for 2,097 yards during his comeback season. In the early phases of his rehab, aquatic therapy was extremely beneficial for regaining normal gait function as well as maintaining strength and endurance. We had a chance to sit down with Eric Sugarman, Peterson’s Head Athletic Trainer, to get an inside look into his rehabilitation and what Peterson’s ACL recovery means for other athletes facing the same diagnosis.

1. Total Knee Replacement Pool Protocol: See a total knee replacement rehabilitation in a HydroWorx pool.  The therapy session includes a “how to” on waterproofing a fresh surgical site so the patient can receive aquatic therapy immediately after surgery.


Tell us in the comments, which HydroWorx video is YOUR favorite? (see our video library to view them all)

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Aquatic Therapy Improves Daily Life for Back Pain Sufferer

2014 July 10

laurapremierphotoChronic back pain is a common problem among adults. In fact it is estimated that 80% of the population will deal with back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain can be caused by any number of factors.

For Laura Wohl, back pain is caused by multiple factors including a herniated disc and severe kyphosis. A herniated disc occurs when the soft gel within a spinal disc, which acts as a shock absorber, leaks into the spinal canal. This puts pressure on the nerve(s), resulting in pain radiating down the affected nerve. While pain is the most universal symptom of a herniated disc, pain from a thoracic herniated disc is often perceived to be originating from one’s chest or belly due to its radiation down the suppressed nerve.

Determining causation of the thoracic herniated disc is essential before treatment of pain and any related symptoms can take place. Many thoracic herniated discs are caused by excessive, but gradual wear and tear, also known as degenerative disc disease. Herniated disks are frequently the cause of spinal deformities as well. A severe kyphosis is an extreme rounding of the spine causing a stooped posture. A kyphosis is most common in older women and often occurs after osteoporosis weakens spinal bones to the point that they crack and compress.

Ultimately, these conditions cause Laura severe chronic back pain that limits not only her performance at work, but her daily activities as well. Laura’s doctor recommended aquatic therapy due to the fact that she had become completely unresponsive to land therapy and steroid injections. Laura began therapy at Premier Rehab in their HydroWorx 500 Series pool in order to improve her performance at work and at home. After only 17 sessions, Laura was discharged from Premier Rehab noting a great decrease in pain and an increase in ability to stand and perform everyday tasks.

Laura, her physical therapists and her doctor were very pleased with her progress and recovery. Laura’s typical therapy session consisted of:

  • Marching
  • Heel Raises
  • Alternating Arm Flexion and Extension
  • Horizontal Abduction and Adduction
  • Windmills
  • Hip Abduction and Extensions
  • Hip Flexion and Knee Extensions
  • Mini Squats
  • Rowing
  • Lateral Up and Over’s
  • Isometric Dumbbell Holds
  • Upper Limb Rotation
  • Walking Backwards
  • Walking
  • Side Steps

Learn more about Laura’s condition and watch her aquatic program here:

For more videos like this one related to back pain, please visit our video library>> 

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Free Webcast: Aquatic Rehab Progression for Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

2014 July 8

Join us in person or online for our upcoming educational event, “Aquatic Rehab Progression for Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries.” Our presenter, Jason McVeigh MS, PT SCS, ATC, LAT Director of Sports Medicine at the University of Tennessee, will be presenting live from the HydroWorx 1200 Series pool at the University of Tennessee on July 15th from 11:00am to 12:00pm EDT.  

HydroWorx 1200 Series at UT

HydroWorx 1200 Series at UT

This webcast will provide treatment ideas using the benefits of hydrotherapy for common sports-related foot and ankle injuries such as 5th metatarsal fractures, Lisfranc injury, “turf-toe,” ankle sprains and high ankle sprains. It will include a discussion of implementing HydroWorx equipment into a new facility. The demonstration will take place in a HydroWorx 1200 Series pool with video monitoring system where the presenter will utilize the underwater treadmill, aquatic jets, and varying depths of water to present practical exercises and protocols for foot and ankle injuries. McVeigh will also discuss the speeds, depth, exercises and progression for each of the following phases of rehabilitation.

  • Pre-weight bearing and partial weight bearing phase
  • Early phase rehab
  • Middle phase rehab
  • Advanced phase rehab

This 1 hour webcast will be broadcast live from the HydroWorx 1200 Series pool at University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN. Live attendees will have the opportunity to see the HydroWorx 1200 Series pool as well as Thermal and PolarPlunge pools. Make sure you bring your bathing suit and towel!

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 the presenter:

Jason McVeigh enters his ninth season as Director of Sports Medicine at Tennessee, and his 16th overall with the UT athletics department. McVeigh has been a member of the UT Sports Medicine staff since 1999, when he joined the Vols as the Director of Rehabilitation. Under his supervision, the UT Sports Medicine department has added several key features to assist in the care of UT student-athletes. These include addition of a Team Physician’s Clinic, an on-site X-ray unit, baseline echocardiograms and concussion testing for all student-athletes, a revised substance abuse testing policy, an expanded state-of-the-art physical therapy clinic, as well as development of Team EXCEL, a multi-disciplined program aimed at addressing the complex behavioral health needs of the UT student-athlete. McVeigh graduated Summa Cum Laude from UT in 1996 with a B.S. degree in Biology and a minor in Biochemistry. He then went on to receive his Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Duke University in 1999. He is a certified athletic trainer and is also a board certified specialist in sports physical therapy. He is a member of both the American Physical Therapy Association and the National Athletic Trainers Association. McVeigh has spoken at several local and national sports medicine conferences on topics related to both physical therapy and athletic training. 

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Facility Spotlight: Creighton University’s Championship Center

2014 July 7

Athletic facilities are becoming bigger and filled with more amenities all the time. The new Championship Center at Creighton University, is no exception. 

The hydrotherapy at Creighton University's new Championship Center

The hydrotherapy at Creighton University’s new Championship Center

Athletic Director Bruce Rasmussen says that for “student-athletes, recruits, parents, and coaches, this facility provides Creighton with a ‘wow factor’ to help recruit, retain, develop, and graduate students.” How could it not be with the new state-of-the-art amenities and features within the new building?

A few weeks ago the facility was opened to the media for a comprehensive tour. The first stop was the main atrium with a wall of 12 TVs, which can be configured many different ways. Another stop on the tour was the video and lecture room for coaches and student-athletes to watch game film as well as host team activities. The Creighton Championship Center also contains conference rooms, suites for coaches, locker rooms, players’ lounge and the training center.

The locker room boasts a 94″ touch screen TV with the players’ lounge right next door. The lounge features seven large TVs as well a nutrition station and gaming area. These athletes truly have everything they could ever want or need in this new athletic building. 

But wait, there’s more! The Wayne and Eileen Ryan Athletic Training Center sits right next to the practice courts and the locker room. The training center features a hydrotherapy room which includes a HydroWorx 2000 Series pool with a ColdPlunge and ThermalPlunge pool, all utilized for rehabilitation and recovery.

The Creighton University Athletic Medicine Staff is excited about the opportunity to utilize HydroWorx pools as a key component of the new Championship Center. HydroWorx will give us the opportunity to provide more dynamic rehabilitation and treatment for our athletes.  They will be in a position to functionally train post-injury in a quicker time frame and the underwater treadmill will also allow them to condition in a low-impact environment.  It will be a valuable asset to our student-athletes and medical team. – Benjamin McNair, Head Athletic Trainer of Creighton University

photo 3Their brand new HydroWorx therapy pool is already reaping benefits for a sophomore point guard. The athlete dislocated his right kneecap in the game against Xavier on March 1st. “I’m an advocate [referring to the underwater treadmill],” he said after undergoing his first on-court workout this week. “I love it. I don’t know if I was the first person here to use it, but I definitely was one of the first two or three.” He has been able to do a lot more in the pool than he could do on land which has been helping to accelerate his recovery time frame. Although the whole rehabilitation time frame seems lengthy, he has been making great progress over the past four months. His first on-court activity (last week) consisted of some agility work as well as light shooting drills, all with McNair supervising. Read the full story here>>

Read more about this new state-of-the-art athletic facility today>>

Upcoming Free Webcast: Aquatic Rehab Progressions for Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Join us on July 15, 2014 from 11:00am to 12:00pm EDT for the webcast “Aquatic Rehab Progression for Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries,” presented by Jason McVeigh MS, PT, SCS, LAT Director of Sports Medicine at the University of Tennessee. This webcast will provide treatment ideas using the benefits of hydrotherapy for common sports-related foot and ankle injuries such as 5th metatarsal fractures, Lisfranc injury, “turf-toe,” ankle sprains and high ankle sprains. It will include a discussion of implementing HydroWorx equipment into a new facility. Learn more and register today>>

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