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H2O Fitness for ACL Rehabilitation

H20 Fitness Cooperative provides cutting-edge rehabilitation for Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injuries. Specifically, therapists take advantage of a new, Endless Fitness Pool that includes resistance current and underwater treadmill with data monitoring and camera capability. The properties of water, including its density, buoyancy, and viscosity allow individuals to begin movement earlier and in a safer environment than traditional therapies. Water immersion enhances rehabilitation and allows athletes to maintain and build fitness while recovering from injury.

The ACL is one of a pair of cruciate ligaments that runs diagonally inside the knee helping control back and forth motion as well as rotational stability. It is a ligament with a high incidence of injury. A 2016 study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine performed a 21-year population study and determined the overall incidence of ACL tears was 68.6 per 100,000 people per year, making them a common orthopedic injury. Surgical repair is often indicated.

Making a strong case for aquatic therapy after ACL reconstruction, a 2019 study, Benefits and Use of Aquatic Therapy During Rehabilitation after ACL Reconstruction concluded that utilization of a water-based environment during ACL rehab allows activities or exercises to be “introduced earlier than on land potentially accelerating recovery process and reducing overall recovery time.”

Aquatic therapy at H2O Fitness accomplishes this— assisting with pain and swelling, improving range of motion of the knee, supporting gait recovery, promoting maintenance and development of cardiovascular fitness, helping rebuild movement patterns, and allowing session recovery and optimal load management, especially during