Water Exercise

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Human Kinetics, 1995 - Health & Fitness - 177 pages


Water exercise is excellent for physical therapy and fitness because it enhances range of motion and eases pain of movement. Now a single book makes it easy for you to design your own water exercise program, whether for injury rehabilitation, special conditions, cross-training, or just shaping up.

Water Exercise features 78 clearly described and illustrated exercises that range from beginning to advanced levels of difficulty. The book also features complete exercise programs for specific injuries and conditions and for improved fitness. You can tailor each program to suit your needs, so no matter which exercise program you choose, you'll start at the appropriate level and progress safely into more challenging movements.

Part I discusses the rehabilitative benefits of water exercise, along with guidelines for customizing your workout program and descriptions of accessories that can add a whole new dimension to your exercising.

Part II presents 26 beginning, 29 intermediate, and 18 advanced exercises. Each exercise features one or more illustrations and descriptions of equipment needed, starting position, movements, precautions, and special hints for making the exercise more effective. You'll also find four illustrated deep-water exercises for improving cardiovascular endurance and decreasing compressive forces on the spine.

Part III features injury-specific water exercise programs for recovering from injuries or surgery, with chapters devoted to rehabilitating the lower leg, ankle and foot, knee, thigh, pelvis and hip, trunk and spine, shoulder, and lower arm and wrist.

Part IV details water exercise programs to help you achieve total fitness from a beginner's level to an advanced cross-training program. This section also includes a chapter of water exercise programs for people with rheumatoid arthritis, Parkinson's disease, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, and multiple sclerosis.

Water Exercise is especially suited to:

- people attempting to regain strength and flexibility after an injury or surgery,
- sedentary people just starting an exercise program,
- individuals wanting to lose weight and gain muscle tone,
- fitness enthusiasts and athletes seeking to maintain or increase their fitness level, and
- aquatic therapists and exercise instructors looking to expand their knowledge of water exercise.

 

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Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Water Exercise Therapy and Fitness
1
The Many Benefits of Water Exercise
3
The Properties of Water
4
Exercising for Rehabilitation
5
Exercising for Fitness
6
Patellar Subluxation or Dislocation
124
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction
125
Exercise Programs
126
Thigh Pelvis and Hip
129
Hamstring Strain
130
Adductor Strain
131
Osteoarthritis of the Hip
133
Trunk and Spine
137

Choosing Your Exercises
7
Maximizing Results
9
Getting Prepared
11
Choosing Proper Clothing
13
Equipment and Clothing Manufacturers
14
Preparing Your Environment
15
Ensuring Your Safety
16
Water Exercises
21
Beginning Exercises
23
Intermediate Exercises
53
Advanced Exercises
85
Deep Water Exercises
105
Programs for Common Injuries
113
Lower Leg Ankle and Foot
115
Plantar Fascitis
116
Ankle Sprains
117
Stress Fractures
118
Knee
121
Medial Collateral Ligamentous Sprain
122
Chondromalacia
123
Chronic Low Back Pain
138
Spondylolysis
139
Scoliosis
140
Shoulder
145
Dislocation or Subluxation
146
Exercise Programs
147
Elbow and Wrist
151
Epicondylitis
152
Elbow Dislocations
153
Programs for Total Fitness
155
Basic Water Exercise Program
157
Advanced Water Exercise Program
161
Special Populations
165
Rheumatoid Arthritis
167
Osteoporosis
168
Fibromyalgia
169
Index
173
About the Author
177
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Martha D. White specializes in developing water therapy programs for orthopedic, rheumatic, and musculoskeletal conditions and diseases. She served as the occupational therapist in Baylor College of Medicine's outpatient chronic pain management program from 1986 to 1988. Since 1990 she has been developer and director of the aquatic therapy program for the outpatient sports medicine clinic at the Texas Medical Center in Houston. Most recently, Martha's work has focused on diversifying her water therapy programs to meet the needs of special populations.

Martha is a licensed occupational and massage therapist as well as a member of the Aquatic Exercise Association and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. For leisure, Martha enjoys water sports, jogging, reading, and spectator sports in her hometown of Houston, Texas.

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