Webinar Focuses on Hydrotherapy as Safer Modality for Athletes Facing ACL Reconstruction Rehab

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Professional athletes put tremendous stress on their bodies, which can sometimes result in damage to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), requiring reconstructive surgery. Hydrotherapy in a HydroWorx therapy pool has been shown to be a safe modality for those recovering from ACL surgical procedures, and this topic will be addressed in the upcoming webinar, “The Use of Hydrotherapy in the Rehabilitation of Professional Athletes Post-ACL Reconstruction.”

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Bitzel’s webinar will focus on his own experiences in his current capacity, defining why aquatic therapy is beneficial to those coming back from knee surgeries.

Reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), which runs across the knee in a diagonal direction, is a fairly commonplace surgery, especially among athletes who put tremendous stress on their lower bodies while performing. According to the well-regarded American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine, about 150,000 ACL injuries happen yearly. Of these injuries, many will require surgical interventions, after which comes intensive rehabilitation. Knowing that those with ACL problems are 15 times more likely to face other ACL injuries within a 12-month period of their original accident than those who have not gone through ACL reconstruction, the type of rehab modalities utilized post-surgery are critical. One of the modalities that is getting increasing attention is hydrotherapy in a specially-engineered therapy pool with underwater treadmill and resistance jets.

Ryan Bitzel, MPT, the Rehabilitation Coordinator for the San Diego Padres, regularly uses aquatic therapy to assist professional baseball players recovering from ACL reconstruction surgery, as well as other surgical procedures and injuries. Through his position with the Padres, which he has held for six seasons, he has been able to use his extensive knowledge of the human anatomy and put into play a series of rehab protocols to enhance their return to play. In conjunction with HydroWorx, the leading manufacturer of aquatic therapy pools and products, he will be presenting a webinar on Thursday, January 14, 2016, from 1-2 p.m. E.S.T., “The Use of Hydrotherapy in the Rehabilitation of Professional Athletes Post-ACL Reconstruction.”

Bitzel’s webinar will focus on his own experiences in his current capacity, defining why aquatic therapy is beneficial to those coming back from knee surgeries. As part of “The Use of Hydrotherapy in the Rehabilitation of Professional Athletes Post-ACL Reconstruction,” he will demonstrate the exercises he uses to combat the common neurological and muscular deficits that can happen to those who have been through ACL reconstruction. Although Bitzel regularly works with professional baseball players, and the webinar will focus on baseball case studies, the content is pertinent to anyone working with ACL rehabilitation.

Anyone who is interested in learning more about this topic can attend the live “The Use of Hydrotherapy in the Rehabilitation of Professional Athletes Post-ACL Reconstruction” on January 14, 2016 by registering on the HydroWorx website.

About HydroWorx®
Since the late 1990s, HydroWorx has manufactured aquatic therapy products with built-in underwater treadmills to enable medical and performance professionals to more effectively offer their patients and athletes the opportunity to increase range of motion, decrease risk of falls and joint stress, remain motivated through the rehab process and speed the return to play for athletes and every day normal activities.

Products such as the HydroWorx 2000 and 500 Series therapy pools, along with the new construction-free HydroWorx 300 system, have revolutionized the face of aquatic therapy; in fact, HydroWorx technology is used by world-class facilities like the renowned Kennedy Krieger Institute and The Andrews Institute, as well as many elite athletic programs including the University of Texas, University of Oregon, Kansas City Royals, Washington Redskins, The Ohio State University, Manchester United and Chelsea Football Clubs and hundreds more.

HydroWorx offers a wide range of underwater treadmill pools and peripheral products and services. Every day, more than 24,000 athletes and patients use HydroWorx technology to recover from injuries and health conditions.

More information about HydroWorx can be found at http://www.HydroWorx.com.

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