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Aquatic Therapy
" Plunge pools can be another valuable resource. The low water
temperature in a cold plunge helps minimize muscle inflammation, pain,
and soreness to quickly facilitate post-workout recovery. And hot water
plunge pools are used before training to help increase blood flow,
flexibility and loosen muscles. "
consultant and adjunct professor at Duke University, Elon
University, and Arcadia University also utilizes the pool
for strength and conditioning.
" I remember back when I graduated, most of my
professors had done time in Korea - they were really
regimented, " Friesen said. " This was around when
weight training started to come in, and they were all
scared about people weight training because they
thought they would get muscle-bound. But in fact,
they didn't get muscle-bound, they actually just got
uncoordinated. Lifting weights is not bad, but if that's
all you do - where aqua therapy, these guys from Korea
were preaching that's something we need to do to
elongate the tendons and the joints so they go through a
complete range of motion.
" That's still stood the test of time. "
Allan Johnson, MS, MSCC and Chief Development
Officer for Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches
Association, has primarily turned to the water for
recovery and rehab throughout his nearly four-decadelong
career. But he has also found aquatic training to be
immensely useful for strength and conditioning.
" My big thing has been movement and range of
motion - explosive training in the water, " Johnson said.
" Functional movement, functional patterns. We do
explosive jumps, skips, vertical jumps (and) broad jumps. "
Some of the products Johnson utilizes frequently
are Sprint Aquatics steps to do explosive step-ups,
AquaJogger buoyancy belts for deep water training, and
Speedo Team kickboards for conditioning with those who
have limitations with their upper body. Friesen also uses
kickboards in the pool - although he uses Sunlite Sports'
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