Aquatic Exercise

ImageAquatic exercise is used both for conditioning and rehabilitation.  On Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, healthy athletes perform the following program.  They stand and jump to clear the knee of the water, 10 sets of 20 seconds.  They also swim 7 lengths of the pool.  This is performed by swimming the length and getting out of the pool to walk back to the starting end, the walk being the recovery time.

The pool is also used to perform early, protected exercise in the case of injury.  This early, careful intervention has reduced recovery time for such persistent injuries as hamstring strains.  The athlete stands at the side of the pool holding the edge and performs exercise either against the resistance or with the assistance of the water, depending upon their stage of recovery.