ERIC Number: ED440952
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Working the Continuum between Therapy and Exercise.
Because of the relative weightlessness factor, water exercise is an excellent low-impact aerobic activity for people with physical difficulties. Participants should inform their physicians of intentions to begin aquatic exercise, and physicians should advise participants that water exercise is exertive. Program instructors must be prepared to handle minor and major medical emergencies. Special populations tire sooner, so staff should understand sources of fatigue. Aquatics for special populations should progressively overload with regard to intensity, duration, and frequency, but never to the point of fatigue. Several reasons exist for keeping people out of a program (e.g., open wounds, infections, and fear of water). Proper spinal alignment is essential. New participants should stay in shallow water and hold on to the edge, gradually moving to deeper water. Water temperatures should vary from 82-96 degrees Fahrenheit to maintain its therapeutic effects. Program leaders should get to know students and determine their personal fitness goals. They must set clear objectives, offer assistance, work participants at their own pace, be proactive, and avoid situations that may cause problems. Safety is essential. Quality instructors should have good interpersonal interaction skills, use positive reinforcement frequently, and be optimistic, offering praise and encouragement. (SM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
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