2245 Aquatic Walking/Running: From Rehab to Athletic Performance

Intermediate / Pool Only


Sanibel, FL / Friday, June 22, 2018 7:00-8:00 am 1.0 credit hour

(Pool: 7:00-8:00 am)


Faculty: David Berry, PhD, AT, ATC, ATRIC_


COURSE DESCRIPTION: Aquatic treadmill running has gained popularity because of its ability to decrease musculoskeletal impact placed on the ligaments, joints, and tendons. When coupled with land-based exercises, there are less direct ground impact forces as compared to running on land. Aquatic walking and running exercise could be a useful alternative to land-based exercise for injured athletes, those looking to maintain their training status, as well as at-risk populations. This session will examine the current scientific evidence for, application of, and effects of aquatic based training for underwater treadmill training across a spectrum of patients and clients.



1)  Define the terms: aquatic running, aquatic treadmill running, underwater treadmill training.

2)  Explain why underwater treadmill training is a method of gait and performance training that uses the characteristics of water.

3)  Explain and value why the properties of water allow for the physiological changes seen with underwater treadmill training.

4)  Identify, analyze, and interpret the current scientific evidence to determine the effectiveness and efficacy of aquatic treadmill running and underwater treadmill training, especially as they are related to patient outcomes.

5)  Design, and implement an aquatic treadmill running and underwater treadmill training including general training procedures, equipment, and safety concerns.

6)  Understand and appreciate the differences between the athletes and clients with respect to designing rehabilitation plans and the relationship of dose, intensity, and frequency when developing a training program. 

7)  Demonstrate the training techniques and procedures discussed above.


FACULTY: David C. Berry, PhD, AT, ATC, ATRIC, is a Professor, Athletic Training Program Director at SVSU, and author (Emergency Trauma Management for Athletic Trainers). He serves as an active member of the Board of Certification, American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Committee, and the Sports Education Council (Michigan Cardiovascular Institute) educating the community and professionals on emergency planning and sudden cardiac awareness.