Please follow the link to read an article from the International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education, 2010, By Human Kinetics Inc.
There research shows that exercising in water and specifically using an underwater treadmill can benefit those with Osteoarthritis.
They concluded that;
"patients diagnosed with OA will display similar energy expenditures during short-term exercise on an underwater versus land treadmill when speeds are greater than preferred. This finding along with the perceived pain findings would indicate that patients with OA may receive the same aerobic conditioning during underwater treadmill exercise with less joint pain than performing the same exercise on land. While future longitudinal research is needed, underwater treadmill exercise may also lead to greater improvements in mobility when compared with the same exercise performed on land."
THE Western Force has helped keep Australia’s relay hopes and the Olympic dreams of two-time national champion Jody Henry afloat – literally.
Henry, who blew away the fields in 2010 to take the 200m and 400m Australian crowns in Perth, has not competed for about 12 months after suffering the debilitating plantar fasciitis in her right foot.
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