2240 – Rehab for Injured Warriors and Athletes

Intermediate / 4-hour Workshop


Faculty: Mary Wykle, PhD, ATRIC


COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is the result of program development for the US Army and successful use with aquatic physical therapy sessions. The program is now being adopted by the Marine Corps. The original goal of the aquatic exercise program was to provide aquatic training for wounded warriors equal to the intensity of a land physical training program. It became apparent from the surveys in the Army’s Performance Improvement Study that many wounded military will never be able to fully participate in physical training/formation running with their unit or as a personal fitness activity. The programs discussed in the Aquatic Programs for Injured Warriors and Athletes are appropriate for injured military members, veterans, and athletes in the process of recovery; as a means to cross-train; and for anyone wanting to improve their fitness.



1)  Identify the complexities of injuries and how to challenge healing and acceptance through aquatic exercise.

2)  Determine the primary emphases and ways to adapt exercises of the Aquatic Rehab Program for Injured Warriors and Athletes.

3)  Practice the three primary parts of the exercise program – cardio, strength, flexibility.

4)  Develop session outlines applicable to your facility.


FACULTY: Mary O. Wykle, PhD, ATRIC, is an adjunct professor of physical education at Northern Virginia Community College. She holds multiple certifications in aquatics and fitness. Her company, MW Associates, offers consulting workshops in health and aquatics. Mary is a long-time faculty member and serves on varied committees for ATRI, AEA/IAFC, and WAHC. She is the author of Risk Awareness and Safety Training, the Aqua Pi-Yo-Chi™ course, the Lumbar Stabilization Exercises DVD, and the Aquatic Programs for Wounded Warriors and Athletes (manual and DVDs).