Stamina is one of the six limiting but modifiable factors dictating success or failure for almost every athlete, regardless of sport. Michael Johnson Performance (MJP) utilizes aquatics across the stamina spectrum for metabolic conditioning, both in healthy and physically compromised athletes of all ages and sports.
Join us on December 16, 2014 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm EST for the free webinar, “Aquatics for Energy System Training & Metabolic Conditioning.” Lance Walker, Global Director of Performance for Michael Johnson Performance, will introduce the MJP 3-component stamina category and how it fits the overall MJP training system. The webinar will also offer minimal effective dosages for each component and specific training prescriptions using aquatics as the metabolic training modality.
Attendees will learn:
- How stamina can impact the performance of healthy athletes and recovery of injured athletes
- The qualities of the aquatic environment that make it ideal for improving stamina
- How metabolic conditioning can be integrated into an overall training system
- Specific protocols using aquatics for energy system training
Continuing education credit is available through the NATA BOC, for those that watch the live webinar in its entirety.
Hundreds of thousands of joint replacements are done each year in the United States. Replacing a joint can be extremely helpful to those who suffer from great pain, but the recovery can sometimes be strenuous. It is important to begin range of motion exercises soon after surgery, but this can often be a painful process. Many times, patients don’t enjoy physical therapy sessions because the joint is still swollen and painful from the surgery.
Aquatic therapy can include the same movements as traditional physical therapy performed on land, but the natural properties of water promote healing and are more forgiving. The buoyancy of the water can make a patient up to 80 percent lighter. For example, a 200-pound man submerged into a therapy pool would feel as if he were 40 pounds. This has a significant impact on patients. It takes the innate stressors off of the affected bones, muscles and tendons. This allows for a more enjoyable therapy sessions and even creates a relaxing environment.
Here are four ways that aquatic therapy can promote healing and make rehabilitation a bit more tolerable:
- Reduces pain and muscle spasms
- Increases circulation and decreases swelling
- Reduces risk of injury
- Begins range of motion earlier than on land
To find out more about using advanced aquatic therapy after joint replacement view the information on our website>>
Chronic pain and muscle stiffness are common problems in older adults. The more that they have pain while moving, the less they are willing to do activities, which exacerbates the problem. Often an exercise program can help alleviate some of the pain and stiffness, but the soreness and fear of falling that come with it, leave many unwilling to attempt fitness programs.
At Summit Place Senior Living Campus in Eden Prairie, MN, 85 year old Scotty Swanson was dealing with chronic pain and stiffness, so physical therapist Alaina Glass put him into the HydroWorx 2000 Series Pool. Initially, she put him into a program plan that focused on range of motion and deep tissue massage. After a reassessment of his goals, she moved him into a fitness plan to improve his activities of daily living. Because of his work in the pool, Scotty noticed a boost in his energy and felt more comfortable and safer doing his everyday activities on land.
Some of the lower body exercises Alaina did with him in the pool, focusing on core strength and balance, included:
- Walking on the underwater treadmill
- High-knee walking
- Straight leg kicks
- Walking sprints
- Leg swings
- Figure eight leg swings
- Toe raises
- Toe taps
Due to his work in the pool, Scotty noticed the ability to take deeper breaths and a boost in his energy and felt more comfortable and safer doing his everyday activities on land.
Watch the full case history and pool protocol below:
Find out more about how aquatic therapy can benefit those with chronic pain and joint replacements by downloading our tip sheet here>>
The following post is summarized from the recent WAVE3.com video and article, “Teen’s determination to walk takes her 120 miles from home.”
A few months ago, we posted about a young girl who was doing rehabilitation in a HydroWorx pool at Kennedy Kreiger for a condition called Transverse myelitis. That is not the only case of this rare disease where a pool is being used for the rehabilitation.
At age 14, Madison (Maddy) went from playing volleyball, softball and throwing shot put to not being able to move from the waist down. She was later diagnosed with Transverse myelitis, a rare disease that attacks the spinal cord. Both Madison and her mother were concerned as they began learning more about this condition because they knew she had a long road ahead, but Madison’s determination never wavered.
She was so determined to walk again that she traveled 120 miles away from home to stay at the Ronald McDonald House. During her seven month stay there, Maddy received physical and aquatic therapy at Frazier Rehab in Louisville, KY.
Maddy would go to the Frazier Rehab center several times during the week to use their HydroWorx pool. In the pool she was free. Maddy would go through a series of exercises to strengthen her core and remind her muscles of the movements that she needed to walk. Her mom, Cyndi Duncan says,
“We’ve seen a lot of new movement and a lot of progress.”
Maddy said instead of focusing on the difficulty of the routine, she often focuses on how others have helped her. “Some days they would believe in me more than I would believe in myself.”
Because of Maddy’s aquatic therapy and land therapy at Frazier Rehab, she is now back at home in Bowling Green and she is able to take a few steps with assistance. She certainly has come a long way from her initial diagnosis!
Thanksgiving is a holiday known for its great feasts and family gatherings. Thanksgiving is also a time to reflect on the things we are grateful for that are often are overlooked throughout the year.
At HydroWorx we are thankful for so many things, but to name just a few: our passionate team, our loyal customers, all of our readers and followers and of course, WATER! Without any of those things, we would not be where we are today! We are so grateful for the team we have at HydroWorx. A team filled with dedicated, passionate people committed to changing the world. We are forever thankful to all of our customers for your belief in HydroWorx, the power of water and for your dedication to changing the lives of your patients and athletes. Thank you to everyone who continues to “share”, “like” and “follow” all of our content about aquatic therapy. Without you, the knowledge of water would not be spread. And lastly, we are very grateful for water and all of its natural properties that help to heal, hydrate and energize.
Here are 5 reason why we are thankful for water:
- Water has the ability to heal. Exercising and rehabbing in an aquatic environment is soothing, relaxing and elicits healing.
- Water’s buoyancy creates a comforting environment in which to exercise and rehabilitate. Whether you are working hard or just relaxing in the water, you never have to carry the full weight of your body!
- Water has nearly no limitations. One can recover, relax and heal as well as have a challenging workout in the water, which demonstrates its remarkable versatility! Most people, at any place in their life, can jump in a pool of water and feel rejuvenated and energized.
- Water makes us feel youthful! Whether exercising, rehabbing or just relaxing in an aquatic environment, it is fun. There is less fear of falling or injury, which raises confidence and allows for a more enjoyable experience.
- Water keeps us hydrated, which keeps us moving and active. Water makes up about 60-70% of our body weight, which is why we need to drink 6-8 ounces of water a day.
See how water has impacted these lives:
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