When looking for ways to make workouts different or more enjoyable, don’t forget to look underwater! Although athletes may not benefit from “water aerobics,” there are some great advantages to taking a sport-specific workout into the water. Add a basketball hoop to the edge of the pool, dunk the basketball underwater and you have a whole new way to train for game day.
When Tim DiFrancesco PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS worked at Peak Performance in Swampscott, MA, he put local players through some intense workouts in the HydroWorx 500 Series pool to provide a new way to work out as well as to enhance training. Using some imagination, DiFrancesco replicated many land drills in the pool to push his athletes while also working stabilizing muscles. These intense workouts would leave the players feeling like they got in a hard workout, but without the soreness and exhaustion they typically experience after land workouts.
Watch this video to see some of the drills that DiFrancesco used to train these basketball players using water.
To learn more from Tim DiFrancesco on using aquatics, register today for his webinar “Aquatic Training for Healthy Athletes!” The webinar will take place TODAY, September 10 at 11:30am EDT.
This weekend a group of 60 HydroWorx employees, friends and family made the journey to Happy Valley for the Nittany Lions’ first home football game of the season. Thankfully the rain held off until our drive home and we were able to watch the Penn State football team seal their first home victory of the season (21-3) against the Zips of Akron.
It was a fun day with plenty to eat and drink and enough games, like Corn hole, Can jam and football, to keep us occupied for the whole weekend.
It seems a great time was had by all as the bus ride home was a quiet one filled with exhausted, sleepy tailgaters.
In addition to watching the Nittany Lions football team at Beaver Stadium, some of us got an inside look at the newest facility built on campus, Pegula Ice Arena; home to 3 HydroWorx pools, including a HydroWorx 1200 Series pool, PolarPlunge and ThermalPlunge pools. The Pegula Ice Arena opened its doors to the public on October 11, 2013 after a year and a half construction. This state of the art facility features two ice surfaces: a main rink, home to Penn State’s varsity hockey programs, and a community rink. The main arena seats 5,782 fans, and the community rink seats 300 fans. The facility was brought to fruition by an initial $88 million donation – the largest in University history – from Terry and Kim Pegula, who, through their gift, helped Penn State realize its goal of competing in Division I hockey.
Congrats to the Nittany Lions on their first home victory! We are proud to be a part of this wonderful facility!
Recently, we reached 23, 205 lives touched daily by HydroWorx technology. This is a story of one of those lives that has been impacted by the healing power of water and HydroWorx technology.
According to Cleveland Clinic, hemophilia is a rare hereditary bleeding disorder in which blood cannot clot normally at the site of a wound or injury. The disorder occurs because certain blood clotting factors are missing or do not work properly. There are two types of inherited hemophilia:
- Type A, which is the most common type, caused by a deficiency of one of the proteins that helps blood to forms clots.
- Type B, is caused by a deficiency of factor IX, a different clotting protein.
Bobby Strom suffers from Hemophilia Type A. When Bobby was a child, he did not walk for 3 years due to severe joint bleeds. Jeff Kallberg, Physical Therapist at ACCUA, shares that individuals with hemophilia often develop arthritis in their joints caused by their lack of movement and activity. This is what led to Bobby’s use of aquatic therapy at ACCUA. ACCUA is an advanced fitness and rehabilitation facility in Savage, MN; also home to a HydroWorx 500 Series therapy pool with an integrated underwater treadmill.
Bobby had a lot of trouble with his knees and ankles as a result of his condition and arrived at his first session on crutches wearing an ankle brace. Bobby had never run before, let alone on an underwater treadmill. Jeff, at ACCUA, put together a specific protocol for Bobby, as they have special programs made for patients with hemophilia, and Bobby began to notice results after only a couple of sessions.
After less than a year of aquatic therapy, Bobby has began playing golf and incorporating some martial arts into his workouts. In less than a year, his level of fitness has increased greatly as a result of the work he’s done on the underwater treadmill. This type of therapy is the most suitable option for an individual with hemophilia because the water creates a soothing and therapeutic environment. Additionally, Bobby is unloading a lot of pressure on his joints which allows him to move better and move more freely and without pain thanks to water’s buoyancy. Bobby is only carrying between 20-30% of his body weight while walking on the underwater treadmill, based on the water depth. Lastly, water’s natural resistance allows for increased muscle strength without the risk of injury associated with strength-training on land.
“It [aquatic therapy] has been life-changing. I got in there and started walking and running. I have never run in my life before; even as a little kid I would never run around. But then I got in there and started doing sprints and working out and it’s decreased my bleeds. I used to have one bleed a week now its maybe once a month that I have a bleed.” Bobby Strom says of his aquatic therapy experience at ACCUA
Watch Jeff take Bobby through an aquatic therapy session in the videos below:
According to the CDC, 13.9% of American adults suffer from osteoarthrits, the most common form of arthritis. Osteoarthritis includes a degenerative breakdown of tissues that eventually causes joint pain. Although there is no cure for the disease, there are many ways to relieve the symptoms, including aquatic therapy. The soothing properties of water, combined with the buoyancy allows for greater freedom of movement, which can help to improve mobility on land and reduce weight, which is often helpful in relieving symptoms. Three of the benefits that have been studied include:
- Improved physical health and abilities
- Decreased arthritis related joint pain
- Improved quality of sleep
We have summarized some of the findings of multiple research studies in this infographic below.
As we mentioned on the blog last week, more research has recently come out touting the benefits of high-intensity interval training using an underwater treadmill for osteoarthritis patients.
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Download our full research studies book, which includes summaries of each of the research studies that have been done on a HydroWorx underwater treadmill!
Aquatic therapy is a valuable medium for rehabilitation, but it can also be extremely powerful for training and conditioning.
Join us on Wednesday, September 10 at 11:30am EDT for the webinar, “Aquatic Training for Healthy Athletes.” Timothy DiFrancesco, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers will provide useful ideas for training healthy athletes using hydrotherapy. Learn to elevate your healthy athletes’ training and recovery to a new level by taking the workout to the pool. Sometimes you need something different to challenge your athletes so they don’t get bored, stale or hit a plateau. The key is to do this without sacrificing the high performance training that they need to excel in their sport. Hydrotherapy can be the missing piece to the training and recovery puzzle. Check out this webinar to see exactly how!
Attendees of this webinar will learn:
- The properties of water that benefit healthy athletes
- How to use aquatics for injury prevention
- How to prepare athletes for an aquatic workout
- How to use the water to avoid over-training
- How to make aquatic workouts sport-specific
- Examples of research that indicate the benefits of water vs. land workouts
DiFrancesco offers valuable information to get the most out of your athletes’ training! Register Today>>