Ballard, New York Giants’ tight end suffers ACL Tear
In the 4th quarter of the Super Bowl, the New York Giants’ tight end Jake Ballard made a hard cut for the ball, and went down. It was his knee.
After taking some time and trying to walk on the sideline, the decision had to be made. Ballard was done.
The test results showed a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) in Ballard’s left knee. This is without a doubt a devastating injury and certainly can mentally break down an athlete. But with the increase of technology and innovative therapy techniques, there is hope!
One therapy practice in particular that is extremely effective is aquatic therapy. Using a HydroWorx exercise therapy pool for rehab virtually eliminates the pain you would experience on land. The weightlessness of the water reduces stress on joints and muscles, which allows for the patient to begin the rehab process sooner.
There are numerous benefits for using aquatic therapy for athletic injuries and some include:
- Increased mobility and strength
- Maintain fitness levels
- Decrease swelling
- Pain relief
- Removes weight from joints and bones
For all athletes, especially a professional athlete, they want to recover as quickly as possible in order to get back playing the sport they love. Using an underwater treadmill can speed up the recovery process because of many reasons:
- Promotes early range of motion
- Early initiation of gait training in low impact environment
- Replicates the proper biomechanics of land-based movements
- Increased healing and strengthening of injured tissue
- Reduces joint stiffness
Have a look at a college football player rehabbing in a HydroWorx pool after going through ACL reconstructive surgery:
As an athlete suffering from a severe injury, everyone wants to know: How long until you can play again? What are you doing to recover? Hopefully using aquatic therapy will be a part of your answer!