How to Rehab Runners/Athletes
"The buoyancy of the water decreases stress on the joints, the viscosity provides resistance for strength training, and the hydrostatic pressure helps support the body providing a safe workout environment." - Timothy Miller, a physical therapist who is the Regional Director of Sports Rehabilitation at St. Luke's Physical Therapy in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Since underwater treadmills mimic on-land running and provide comparable cardiovascular benefits, runners can avoid losing fitness while rehabbing. Running through water forces your muscles to work harder than air does, so you can get in a solid workout without running as fast or as far as you normally would outside.
An underwater treadmill is a great option if you're looking to add extra mileage without the extra wear and tear on your legs or if you want to bounce back more quickly.How to Cross Train /RunnersAthletes
This form of aquatic exercise is one of the best cross-training workouts for runners, injured or not.It allows you to get a great cardio workout without the impact, giving your body and joints a nice break from the pavement.
Jogging in the water is great for your heart rate and makes your muscles work harder. The viscosity of water provides mor resistance than running on land. Pushing limbs through the pool helps strengthen muscles and joints, while the buoyancy water provides a tough "run" with little recovery time.
Incorporate aqua jogging into your training by completing one or two of your weekly runs in the pool instead of on the roads or by using aqua jogging as a supplemental workout on a cross-training day. We are also a great place to work on speed.
Benefits of using an underwater treadmill for athletes include:
- Supplement outside land training with 30-40 minute water runs 4-5 times/week
- If injured, safely keep training to prevent de-conditioning
- Increase weekly mileage for important competitions without increasing the risk of injury
- Create a constant state of active recovery using water’s unique healing properties during runs