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HydroWorx Webinar Illustrates Effectiveness of Aquatic Therapy for Achilles Tendon Injury Rehab

According to statistics, gymnasts are one of the athletic groups that are regularly affected by injuries to the Achilles tendon, such as strains, tears and ruptures. Advanced aquatic therapy has proven to be an exceptional resource for athletic trainers working with this population of athletes and to illustrate the effectiveness of hydrotherapy for the rehabilitation of Achilles tendon issues, HydroWorx is offering an hour-long webinar on September 24, 2015.

Middletown, PA, September 23, 2015 --( No athlete wants to hear that they have ruptured or torn their Achilles tendon, as this tendon is essential for healthy lower extremity movement. However, Achilles tendon problems plague athletes in a number of sports, including running, basketball, volleyball, tennis and gymnastics. When faced with recovery from an Achilles tendon emergency or surgical procedure, patients and their therapists are often concerned about introducing land-based, weight-bearing physical therapy exercises. To provide an effective alternative and a way to intervene early in the therapy process, many athletic trainers or physical therapists are now bringing their injured athletes into a specialized pool with underwater treadmill and resistance jets. This type of aquatic therapy allows the athlete to heal faster, as well as foster normal gait and movement of the Achilles tendon and supporting musculature.

A one-hour webinar hosted by HydroWorx and presented by University of Utah Assistant Athletic Trainer, Katherine Lorens, will be held on September 24, 2015 to discuss this topic. From 12:00p.m. to 1:00 p.m. E.D.T., Lorens will give an overview of the protocol used to help a Division I gymnast with a torn Achilles tendon return to the sport she loves. Throughout “Torn Achilles Tendon: An Aquatic Therapy Case Review,” attendees will be given a thorough introduction into the methodologies used in the pool to help this athlete recover as efficiently and safely as possible.

Some of the topics covered during this live webinar include:
· How the sports medicine program operates at the University of Utah.
· Why and how aquatic therapy was used to treat the Division I gymnast, and at what point post-injury aquatic therapy was introduced.
· Which exercises and pool protocols did Lorens prescribe.
· How long the timeline from injury to recovery took for the athlete, and the athlete’s astonishing comeback achievements.

After the presentation has concluded, all attendees can ask questions related to aquatic therapy, the case study and therapy pool usage on campuses.

Registration for “Torn Achilles Tendon: An Aquatic Therapy Case Review” is free, but must be made prior to the start of the webinar at noon on September 24, 2015. Registration can be made online by visiting: Athletic trainers are eligible for one CEU through BOC if they attend the live webinar in its entirety. Other clinical professionals may petition their certification agencies if they wish to obtain CEUs for attending.

About the Presenter
Katherine Lorens holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology and Athletic Training from the University of Illinois, and a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology from Illinois State. She has worked at the University of California, Berkley, and is certified in the Graston Technique. In her present position at the University of Utah as an Assistant Athletic Trainer, she regularly works with the women’s gymnastics team and oversees graduate assistants for the volleyball team.

About HydroWorx®
Since the late 1990s, HydroWorx has manufactured aquatic therapy products with built-in underwater treadmills to enable physical therapists to more effectively offer their patients the opportunity to increase range of motion, decrease risk of falls and joint stress, and remain motivated through the rehab process.

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, 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 23,000 athletes and patients use HydroWorx technology to recover from injuries and health conditions.
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