Have you considered purchasing an aquatic therapy pool, but wonder what makes HydroWorx so different than a regular pool? We are pleased to offer events at customer locations throughout the country where you can try out Hydroworx technology first hand. Bring a bathing suit and towel to get in and feel the difference. Find a location near you from the list below and make a time out of your day to try it out! Please email Michele Reber at firstname.lastname@example.org to register for any of these upcoming April demonstration events.
Where: Northwestern Missouri State
When: April 8, 2014 8:30am – 12:00pm CDT
Pool: HydroWorx Instafit Series
Where: University of Arizona
When: April 15,2014 10:00am – 11:00am MST
Pool: HydroWorx 2000 Series, 1200 Series, ThermalPlunge and PolarPlunge
Eden Prairie, MN
Where: Summit Place Senior Campus
When: April 15,2014 4:30pm – 6:30pm CDT
Pool: HydroWorx 2000 Series
Where: Presbyterian Village North
When: April 15, 2014 5:00pm – 6:00pm CDT
Pool: HydroWorx 3500 Series
Where: University of Washington
When: April 29, 2014 3:00pm – 6:00pm PDT
Pool: HydroWorx 2000 Series
Michigan City, IN
Where: IU Health – Lifeworks
When: April 30, 2014 7:00pm CDT by appointment
Pool: HydroWorx 2000 Series
Submissions now open!
We are now accepting exceptional case studies for the 2014 Excellence in Aquatics Award through April 30, 2014. This award will recognize sports medicine professionals who, despite all odds, garnered superior rehabilitation results through innovative, and sometimes unconventional, methods. The winner will be announced at NATA this year in Indianapolis, IN.
As you may remember, we held the inaugural Excellence in Aquatics Award (SMED) in 2013. The four 2013 Excellence in Aquatics Award nominees were nothing short of exceptional stories of dedication and perseverance, both from the athletic training staff and the athlete themselves. Here were the 2013 nominees:
Carson-Newman College Football for Facilitating the Rapid Return from a Fractured Fibula. Carson-Newman College’s starting middle linebacker Jarell Emanuel, sustained a fractured fibula, when he was hit on the lateral aspect of his lower leg during practice, just days before their season opener. The rehabilitation plan began two days after the injury with Jarell walking chest deep in their HydroWorx 1200 Series pool. After just two weeks of rehab in the pool, Emanuel was cleared for non-contact practice and was finally cleared for contact on September 17th — just one month after sustaining a fibula fracture in practice!
The Duke Basketball Sports Medicine Team for Managing Potential Season-Ending Injuries to Key Players. The 2012-2013 Duke basketball team was hit with injuries to two key players at critical times during the season. Ryan Kelly, senior forward, missed 13 games due to a right foot injury while senior guard, Seth Curry, suffered from a right shin injury. Despite these setbacks, the sports medicine team consisting of Jose Fonseca and Nick Potter, were determined to not allow these injuries define their team’s season! Kelly returned earlier than expected for a critical match-up against Miami. In his first game back, Kelly scored 36 points (career high) for the team on just 14 shot attempts, securing the victory for the Blue Devils. Curry scored a team high 17.3 points per game during that season and was named a second team All-American by the Sporting News!
Eric Sugarman and the Minnesota Vikings Athletic Training Staff for the Rehabilitation of Adrian Peterson. On December 24th, 2011 Adrian Peterson, while being tackled, incorrectly planted his leg during a run and tore the ACL in his left knee. Following surgery, Peterson and Viking’s Head Athletic Trainer, Eric Sugarman, began the rehabilitation process with Peterson’s goal of starting in the 2012 Season Opener. Just three weeks after surgery, Peterson was walking on the underwater treadmill at the Viking’s facility. Peterson went on to have the best season of his career, finishing with 2,097 rushing yards and being named the NFL’s 2012-2013 MVP.
Nova Southeastern University’s Dustin Gatens MS, ATC for the Rehabilitation of Basketball Player Brian Cahill.
NOVA Southeastern’s basketball guard, Brian Cahill, has had a long and hard road to be where he is today. Cahill has suffered from serious back and spinal injuries since his senior year in high school, undergoing two serious back and spinal surgeries. After undergoing two surgeries, red-shirting one season, taking another year completely off of school and rehabbing in the pool every day, Cahill was finally able to play in every single game of this past 2012-2013 basketball season!
The winner of the 2013 Excellence in Aquatics award, Eric Sugarman and the Minnesota Vikings Athletic Training Staff, were announced at the 2013 National Athletic Trainers Association meeting in Las Vegas last year! We look forward to another great group of nominees.
NOW ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR 2014!
SUBMIT YOUR EXCEPTIONAL CASE STUDY
To participate, visit our submissions page for all of the details about submitting case studies and to download the submission form!
“The HydroWorx pools have become the most widely used modality in our facility. Having the dual independent treadmills in the rehab pool along with the additional workout space we can perform therapy on multiple athletes at different levels of rehab at one time. And the plunge pools are a critical tool in our daily pre and post-practice treatment plans. This combination of elite pools from HydroWorx allows our staff to provide our athletes with the gold standard of hydrotherapy. HydroWorx has made a difference at TCU.” – David Gable, Head Athletic Trainer, Texas Christian University
The therapy pool with the largest footprint (minimum of 12′ by 16′) provides maximum versatility, which is ideal for treating a variety of conditions and patient types ranging from elite athletes to older adults. The 3500 Series pool comes standard with the patented underwater treadmill technology and resistance jets in one station. A second underwater treadmill or deep water well can be added to the pool footprint to allow for multiple sessions to be administered at the same time. The length of this in-ground pool can also be extended in four-foot increments up to 28′, giving it expanded functionality for multiple therapy stations or group classes. The varying depth of the pool floor also allow for natural patient progression at different stages of weight bearing status.
HydroWorx customers that own our largest therapy pool, the 3500 Series, range from senior living communities to rehabilitation centers to outpatient physical therapy clinics to university athletic programs.
Both the men’s and women’s NCAA Final Four tournament is around the corner, professional basketball finals are on their way, professional baseball’s opening day was just this weekend and many spring sports are beginning their seasons. It is exciting to hear all of the success stories of teams and athletes during this time. Unfortunately, we are often flooded with negative highlights as well, including the inevitable injuries that occur in athletics.
What we do not hear about very often are the athlete’s personal struggles that come with having an injury and working through the lengthy rehabilitation process. We hear about the initial injury and then their return, but very seldom are we allowed a behind-the-scenes look at their mentality and what keeps them pushing each day in the gym and in their therapy sessions.
Moonrider Productions did a special video feature titled, “This is the Untold Story of Sport,” about an athlete recovering from an injury to capture this view that we often do not have the privilege to see. Wes Knight, a soccer player, partially tore his ACL in college in 2008 before he became a professional and then a few years later his ACL fully tore which required reconstructive knee surgery and an intense road to recovery. This athlete’s struggles, challenges and mindset are not rare. Many athletes that deal with these same things, we just never hear about them. This video is an amazing inspiration and look at the resiliency of an athlete.
I’m living in this zone of where no one sees what you’re doing on a daily basis to recover. Teams are signing guys up and you, the injured player, are here in your little bubble away from everyone and everything you are used to. The comfort of team and camaraderie. And it’s just you. Everyday it’s up to you to get up and get to the gym and give an honest effort even when you don’t know if you’re ever going to play again.
Knight is hoping to make a strong return and big impact on the field when he returns. He is doing everything in his power accomplish his goal.
How is he doing it?
Well it requires a lot of work, time, effort and energy combined with perseverance and a positive mental outlook. There is a lot of ‘mind over body’ that must take place, in order for him to push through those tough workouts on land and in the HydroWorx pool. This video and Knight’s recovery take place at the elite Fortius Sport & Health in Burnby, Canada, home to a HydroWorx 2000 Series pool.
If you like to golf at all, then you know that golf season is upon us. Athletes that are gearing up for competition are already in full swing preparing and training for their season. In order for a golfer to perform to the best of their ability, maintaining fitness levels and perfecting their golf mechanics are some keys to success. Aquatic therapy, when combined with land-based strength and gait training, can be a valuable tool for increasing an athlete’s muscle strength, cardiovascular fitness levels as well as perfecting sport-specific movements. Using instant feedback from underwater cameras, a physical therapist or athletic trainer can also correct any errors in the athlete’s gait pattern or mechanics (i.e. a golf swing) in real time.
Tim DiFrancesco, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Los Angeles Lakers and co-founder of TD Athletes Edge, LLC., demonstrates in the video below, an intense and effective aquatic training session for a golfer. The session is performed in a HydroWorx 500 Series pool at Peak Performance Physical Therapy in Swampscott, Massachusetts.
During this particular session, the athlete starts by running on the underwater treadmill against the resistance jets to create the environment suitable for practicing explosive movements as well as increasing leg strength and stamina.
The most important part of the body for a golfer to focus on strengthening is the core. One way to do this is by performing specific exercises in the pool. In fact, due to the properties of water, the individual will naturally work on balance and core strength while doing protocols in the pool because of water’s instability in a contained location. Additional perturbance can be created with resistance jets, to further engage the core.
With resistance being one of the key components to strengthening a golfer and truly any athlete, Tim offers a multitude of exercises to get the individual ready for their season. Focusing on the fundamentals and mechanics during the off season and all the way until day 1 of competition will make a significant impact on their performance.
Some specific exercises Tim offers for strengthening a golfer’s core include:
- Split squat jumps, while keeping the hands behind the head and core engaged.
- Rotational twists, beginning in a squat and then exploding up and to the right/left to imitate the golf swing.
- Full rotational twists against the resistance jets or the physical therapists’ resistance.
- Forward moving squat jumps with a ball above the head.
- Performing golf specific movements with the use of a resistance band or an actual golf club in the water. Not only will the athlete work on the mechanics of their swing, but core stability and balance as well.
Watch these and more sport specific exercises in the full golf training session below!
Upcoming Webcast: The Stages of Aquatic Rehabilitation After ACL Tear
Join us for a live webcast, streaming live from the HydroWorx pool, on April 15, 2014 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm EDT. Our presenter, Randy Cohen, ATC, Assistant Director of Athletics, University of Arizona, will be reviewing 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. Randy will discuss all steps along the rehab process and the ways that water therapy and the HydroWorx pools enhance the overall rehab process and function when the athlete returns to sport.