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Announcing the Healthcare Excellence in Aquatics Award!

2014 October 9

HydroWorx is proud to announce the first-ever Excellence in Aquatics Award for a Healthcare setting. As you may recall, we held the inaugural Excellence in Aquatics Award (SMED) in 2013 and announced the winner at the annual National Athletic Trainers Association Symposium. Excellence-in-Aquatics-Award-2015-HC

This award was created to recognize clinicians who achieve exceptional rehabilitation results through the use of advanced water therapy. To honor these clinicians, we could not think of a better place to announce the winner of the 2015 Healthcare Excellence in Aquatics Award than at the APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting in Indianapolis, IN, February 2015.

Who doesn’t love a truly inspiring story? It is our human nature to be drawn to stories of individuals overcoming the odds, breaking through barriers and truly redefining what is possible. We have all been impacted, in one way or another, after hearing these remarkable stories. Behind these truly amazing rehabilitation stories are the clinicians and medical staff who also sacrificed to ensure these individuals would reach their goals.

The 2015 Healthcare Excellence in Aquatics Award will recognize clinicians who, despite all odds, garnered superior rehabilitation results through innovative and sometimes unconventional methods. Eligible pioneers rely on aquatics as a medium to help achieve exceptional results. 

Clinicians can submit their exception case study until November 21, 2014 11:59pm EST. 

To participate, click here to learn more and to download the submission form!

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Upcoming Webinar: Aquatic Therapy for Lymphedema

2014 October 7
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Edema-video2Join us on Tuesday, October 14 at 1:00pm for the webinar “Aquatic Therapy for Lymphedema” presented by Holly Bough, CPTA, ATRIC, Head of the Aquatic Therapy Program for Freeman Health Systems in Joplin, MO. Participants will learn how patients affected by Lymphedema can benefit from aquatic therapy. Lymphedema is swelling of tissue, normally of the arms and legs, which affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide. This webinar will explore what makes the water an ideal environment for the treatment of Lymphedema and how it can be used effectively to improve the lives of those living with this condition by reducing pain and improving strength, balance and energy levels.

Attendees will learn:

  • The properties of water that are beneficial for Lymphedema patients
  • The general and specific treatment goals for this patient population
  • The special circumstances that affect this patient population in rural areas
  • Specific exercises for both upper and lower extremities

The staff at Freeman Health Systems have seen many different cases in their pools with great success. Holly will provide comprehensive information on how they use their pool when treating lymphedema.

Register today for this webinar>>

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Exclusive Event with HydroWorx at LeadingAge

2014 October 6

HydroWorx has put together an exclusive after-hours educational and demonstration event during the annual LeadingAge Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee at the end of the month. 46

Join HydroWorx , Dr. Dennis Dolny, PhD and Department Head of HPER at Utah State University and Dr. Eadric Bressel,  EdD and Faculty Member at Utah State University, as they present “High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) for the Active Aging Adult.”  The program will feature a discussion on how HIIT can be modified to suit a variety of conditions from the aching elderly to the active senior population.  This demonstration is based on groundbreaking research from Utah State University and will utilize the HydroWorx underwater treadmill and resistance jets.

Dr. Dolny spent 24 years at the University of Idaho where he directed the Human Performance Lab. In 2008 he accepted the Department Head position in Health, Physical Education & Recreation at Utah State University. There, his laboratory collaborates with USU Sports Medicine in examining the role of hydrotherapy in rehabilitation following lower extremity surgical procedures and joint replacement in the elderly.

Dr. Eadric Bressel received his B.S. (1994) and M.S. (1995) in exercise science from California State University, Fresno, and he received his EdD in biomechanics from the University of Northern Colorado (1999). He is the Lab Director of the Biomechanics Laboratory at Utah State University. His research examines neuromechanical adaptations to therapeutic exercise, anatomical and biomechanical determinants of Achilles tendon rupture and neuromechanics of cycling. He is a member of the American and International Societies of Biomechanics and the American College of Sports Medicine.

All attendees will walk away with a better understanding of how HIIT can be transferred to a water based program for residents who cannot support their total body weight or have chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis.  A demonstration of the program will be presented in the pool along with a summary of land-based improvements in functional capacity and postural stability indices. Attendees will also be given information during the program on fall reduction and wellness programs, case studies, design assistance and ROI.

WHEN:  Tuesday, October 21st from 5:00pm-6:00pm

WHERE:  Leading Age Exhibit Hall, HydroWorx Booth #1436

Space is limited and will be based on a first come, first served basis. Please RVSP to Michele Reber. Guests of this event will re-enter the exhibit hall through the main entrance, Door A.  A HydroWorx representative will be at the main entrance to escort you to the booth.  Please RSVP no later than Thursday, October 16th.

We are looking forward to meeting you there!

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3 Reasons Warm Water Therapy Increases Patient Morale

2014 October 3

HW-Garden-Spot-00033Do you have patients that skip their physical therapy sessions or are frustrated with their rehabilitation program? Many times, patients who require physical therapy for an extended period of time or who experience a lot of pain with rehab stop showing up for appointments or get frustrated and demotivated by their progress.

Aquatic therapy can be used as a way to decrease cancellation and increase compliance with rehabilitation programs. Warm water therapy used in conjunction with land therapy can provide the needed morale boost to keep patients coming back.

When pain is reduced and goals are being reached, patients and residents don’t like to cancel therapy or exercise sessions. In fact many say they “wouldn’t miss it.” When hope seems lost for returning to a previous function, whether after surgery or just the natural processes of aging, they can see progress much earlier in the water. This provides healing for their mind as well as their body.

Robert P. Cusick, MD of Kansas Joint & Spine Institute in Wichita, KS utilizes aquatic therapy with almost all of his total joint replacements because of the great results their practice has seen. He states,

“On a whole, the two main benefits I see with aquatic therapy from our practice are number one, patients get moving quicker and they become functional much more quickly than they do dry-land training and number two, the patients enjoy going to therapy. They don’t dread that, they don’t cancel, they don’t skip appointments. In fact, the opposite is true they want to go more than they are allowed to. In fact they dislike it when they have graduated from therapy. They dislike it because it’s so enjoyable for them. So, they become functional faster and they enjoy [rehab] much more with aquatic therapy. “

Why is aquatic therapy so effective in boosting morale for patients?

  1. Decreased pain – When physical therapy or exercise on land is painful, it requires a lot of will power to continue. In warm water, pain is typically decreased which makes sessions more enjoyable and less stressful.
  2. Increased function – The buoyancy of the water allows joints and muscles to move more freely, increasing range of motion and improving function. If a patient is able to accomplish something in the water that they can’t yet do on land, they see tangible progress and are encouraged.
  3. Relaxation and fun – Getting into the warm water is naturally relaxing and once they are in, most people enjoy their sessions. Adding a few pool “toys” never hurts!

Learn more about how aquatic therapy impacts rehabilitation by downloading our tip sheet, “5 Ways Aquatic Therapy Impacts Rehabilitation”>>

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10 Basketball Drill Ideas for Aquatic Training

2014 October 2

Basketball DrillsWith the NBA pre-season starting next week, it’s appropriate to provide some ideas for taking conditioning to the pools. A little bit of technology and a lot of creativity can challenge even well-conditioned athletes. The buoyancy and the natural viscosity of the water provide a different environment for executing common land drills with a very different effect.

Tim DiFrancesco is skilled at using the principles of water combined with specific basketball skills to provide great underwater drills for improving strength, cardio endurance and conditioning. Here are 10 advanced underwater drills he has used in a HydroWorx 500 Series pool:

  1. Bounding on the underwater treadmill – Progress from double leg to single leg. Add resistance jets for an added proprioceptive challenge.
  2. Lateral jumps into a dunk – Jump laterally over an aquatic step and explode into a dunk.
  3. Jump with uneven footing to dunk – With one foot on the step and one foot off, explode from the uneven surface to dunk.
  4. Sprint and dunk – Use resistance band and jets for an added challenge. Progress to incorporate fakes and cuts into the sprint.
  5. Rotational jump with dunk – Explode through the water while turning to increase power and stability.
  6. Spin move around defender – Move quickly and maintain balance in the volatile water environment.
  7. Fake Jump shot and dunk – Add resistance band and jets for progressive challenge.
  8. Bounding on underwater treadmill with a dunk - Increase speed of the treadmill to increase the challenge.
  9. Rebound, squat and dunk - Jump through the water from a squat to increase explosive power.
  10. Underwater dribble – Start with straight up and down dribbling, then progress to angular dribbling and switching hands

Tim’s philosophy is to try any land drill in the water and see how it works. Most of the time, they work great or need only slight modification to provide a great change-of-pace workout. Watch the video below to see the above drills in action!


Watch an on-demand webinar presented by Tim DiFrancesco for additional ideas on training healthy athletes in the water. Download it today>>

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