AQUATIC EQUIPMENT

Types of equipment

Safety equipment

·       All equipment should be located in place that is visible and easily accessible to the therapist.

·       Staff member should be trained in the emergency action plane of the facility and any related policies and procedure

·       Emergency alarm should be accessible and tested frequently

·       Therapist should be trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation ,basic water safety and first aid

·       Therapist should know the correct use of safety equipment

 

Therapeutic equipment

n    Flotation vests

n    Pool noodles

n    Flotation rings

n    Dumbbells

n    Paddles

n    Gloves

n    Fins

n    Ankle cuffs/weights

n    Resistive boots

n    Kickboards

n    Trays

n    Steps

n    Snorkel/mask 

Aquatic vs. Land

 

n    Aquatic-based programs can be made very sports-specific for the injured athlete, but many athletes have difficulty mentally if they cannot train specifically for their particular sport

n    Biggest mistakes made by athletes:

n    Returning too quickly after injury

n    Training too hard too soon

n    Failing to allow adequate recovery time

n    By implementing an extensive, intense aquatic-based rehab program that challenges the athlete, the injury can receive necessary recovery time while the athlete continues to train and condition

n    When is it appropriate to select aquatic PT?     

n    Wet-to-Dry” transition

n    Recommended when strengthening joint areas that are affected by axial and compression forces

n    “Dry-to-Wet” transition

n    Necessary when land-based exercises exacerbate the patient’s condition

n    “Wet Only”

n    Recommended for pts. who are unable to tolerate land-based strengthening exercises

 

Implementing an Aquatic PT Program

For effective therapy, objective measurement of progress is essential

1.    Initial evaluation by PT

2.    Aquatic assessment

3.    Monitor strength changes using special pressure-sensitive sensors

4.    Record exercises, repetitions, duration at each session

5.    PT continually supervises and evaluates patient performance and status

 

What are the 4 things to consider before implementing an aquatic therapy program

n    Pathology

n    Age

n    Body type

n    Comfort level in water

 

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