Using Aquatic Therapy as a Springboard to Athletes’ Recovery and Regeneration is Topic of Webinar

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A special webinar focused on the muscle recovery and regeneration of athletes via the use of hydrotherapy modalities will be hosted by HydroWorx on December 18.

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MIchael Johnson runs in HydroWorx pool at Michael Johnson Performance

From the thousands of anecdotal responses, we’ve seen that pre-training after thermal plunging shows a noticeable improvement in performance, and the athletes’ muscle tissues show less damage due to increased pliability.

Until approximately the turn of the 21st century, aquatic therapy and exercise was something of a mainstay in the physical therapy industry. However, before the late 1990s, aquatic therapy techniques were focused in shallow pool environments that offered patients limited outcomes. Today, with the invention of high-tech therapy pools complete with embedded underwater treadmills and resistance jets, as well as specially-designed hot/cold contrast pools, clinicians can assist athletes with their recovery and regeneration like never before.

Though it may sound almost radical to those who were only familiar with traditional methods of hydrotherapy and/or ice baths, physical therapists and athletic trainers can now expedite their athletes’ recovery periods by strategically including aquatic therapy modalities into their workouts and regeneration regimens. By supplementing therapy pool work (e.g., underwater treadmill training, underwater resistance and strength exercises, water-based power training) with land-based activities, clinicians and their clients are experiencing incredible “Aha!” moments.

Truly, clinicians who are already familiar with the role that hydrotherapy can play in recovery and regeneration are still surprised at how effective it is. The daily use of thermal plunge preparation, contrast baths and active recovery, as opposed to traditional passive recovery techniques, are beginning to catalyze regeneration timelines. Lance Walker, Director of Performance at Michael Johnson Performance, states, “From the thousands of anecdotal responses, we’ve seen that pre-training after thermal plunging shows a noticeable improvement in performance, and the athletes’ muscle tissues show less damage due to increased pliability.”

At Michael Johnson Performance (MJP), hydrotherapy is used regularly in the care and training of professional and recreational athletes. The MJP team, including Walker, also treats aquatic therapy as a bridge between training periods as a regenerative tool, and/or the end of a patient’s therapy and beginning of his training. Now, Walker and colleague Brian Abadie, Performance Specialist at MJP, are sharing their expertise through a special webinar, “Use of Aquatics for Recovery and Regeneration”.

This one-hour webinar will be hosted by HydroWorx, the leading manufacturer and distributor of therapy and exercise pools for the sports industry nationwide and abroad, on December 18, 2013, from 1-2 p.m. EST.

During “Use of Aquatics for Recovery and Regeneration”, Walker and Abadie will discuss how aquatics can be used during recovery periods to revitalize and amplify athletic performance. Topics covered will include:

  •     Ways to reduce soreness and enhance muscle recovery in athletes by using aquatic therapy.
  •     How aquatics can be used to promote “active recovery” through weekly regimens, and why MJP recommends “active recovery” over “passive recovery”.
  •     How MJP uses their therapy pool and hot/cold contract pools to increase athletic performance.

Attendees of “Use of Aquatics for Recovery and Regeneration” may be entitled to one CEU through BOC (for athletic trainers) or via another certification agency through an individual petition. Please note that continuing education credits will only be available to those who attend the live webinar in its entirety.

Registration for “Use of Aquatics for Recovery and Regeneration” can be found at:

About the Presenters

Lance Walker is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a Registered Physical Therapist in the state of Texas. He previously served as Director of Performance Training at Integrated Athletic Development, where he was responsible for the training and/or physical rehab needs of more than 50 active pro athletes representing the NFL, NBA, MLB, PGA, CBA and CFL. A well-recognized authority in his field, he regularly contributes to professional publications and speaks at national conferences.

Brian Abadie is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a Performance Enhancement Specialist. Prior to joining MJP, he served as a Performance Coach and the Director of Basketball training at Accelerated Performance Enhancement Center. There, he implemented and helped design training programs for athletes.

To learn more about Walker and Abadie, please visit

About HydroWorx

HydroWorx, based in Middletown, Pennsylvania, offers a wide range of underwater treadmill therapy pools, and peripheral products and services. Every day, more than 23,000 athletes and patients use HydroWorx technology to recover from injuries and health conditions.

More information about HydroWorx’s upcoming webinars, as well as archived webcasts from previous events, can be found by visiting

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