Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
|Aquatic Rehabilitation Center|
Idaho student-athletes have a state-of-the-art way to train and rehabilitate injuries with a HydroWorx therapy pool, located on the second floor of the Vandal Athletic Center.
"Aquatic therapy is one of the most versatile tools that we have, not only in rehabilitation, but in injury prevention and training," Idaho head athletic trainer Barrie Steele said. "We’ve been able to train people in a nearly weightless environment, which is one of the unique and best ways of doing it."
The weightless environment helps injured athletes train earlier in their rehabilitation processes and also provides a low-impact training environment for athletes who have problems with certain dry-land training activities.
Four video cameras are installed underneath the surface of the pool and the feed from those cameras appears on two televisions next to the pool, which helps the athletic trainers monitor the workouts. A computer and controller adjust the pool’s jets, lift and treadmill.
The lift is used to vary the depth of the water the athlete in the optimal position, which can range from the waist to the shoulders, or completely non-weight-bearing and wearing floats. The treadmill is used for running or other exercises and jets can be turned on to increase water resistance. Steele said as many as four athletes can use the pool at a time, depending on the workout and if they are relatively the same height.
By The Numbers:
• Measures 8x12 feet
• Maximum depth of 6 feet
• Can treat four people at one time
• Treadmill has variance of 0-8.5 mph
• Two jets to increase resistance
• Three video cameras and four monitors to provide instant feedback
• Has been used for two master’s studies and one doctoral pilot study