Rehabilitation for sports injuries may cause transitory rest and discontinued training. This can often frustrate the athletes.
Ankle sprains injuries often require an athlete to rest for an average of 1-3 weeks, with no participation in competitions or training. Up to 3 weeks of inactivity can lead to a significant loss of cardiovascular fitness, and 6 weeks of rest can lead to a decrease of as much as 14- 16% of maximal oxygen consumption.
Additionally, it has been reported that stress to affect collagen fibers
in injured ligaments through functional rehabilitation helps with
accurate alignment of the collagen fibers.
Due to these reasons,
rehabilitation of athletes is initiated as quickly as 1st week , while
respecting the constraints of healing.
The aquatic environment is ideal for early rehabilitation of injuries due to buoyancy, which decreases the effects of gravity on the body, and at the same time offers assistance or resistance.
Performing joint movements in water
provides limb support and allows range of motion, without excessive
muscle activation. This allows a transition to more advanced dynamic
strengthening or conditioning exercises on dry land.
Aquatic physical therapy helps athletes return to exercise early and speeds up the overall rehabilitation process.
Many athletes have found utilization of a water-based program during their active rest period of recovery to be beneficial in regaining mobility and, strength, and maintaining or improving cardiovascular endurance, while resting the injured area.
Related product for aquatic physiotherapy: Aquabelt