Carson Palmer’s Journey To Recovery Travels Through a HydroWorx Underwater Treadmill

Carson Palmer’s Journey To Recovery Travels Through a HydroWorx Underwater Treadmill

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Carson Palmer’s Journey To Recovery Travels Through a HydroWorx Underwater Treadmill

Middletown, PATwo years ago it was Terrell Owens, then of the Philadelphia Eagles, suffering from a career ending injury. Before that it was Duce Staley. Both utilized HydroWorx therapy pools as integral parts of their rehab. Terrell Owens returned in time for a Super Bowl MVP caliber performance. Staley returned to continue as a productive running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Now, Carson Palmer is in need of a HydroWorx underwater treadmill.

Riding on the coattails of Carson Palmer’s Pro Bowl season, the Bengals were making their first playoff appearance in 15 years. On his first pass of the game – a 66 yard strike that momentarily filled the Cincinnati hopeful with joy, the Bengals quarterback tore ligaments in his left knee when he was hit by Pittsburgh Steeler, and 300-plus-pound defensive end, Kimo von Oelhoffen.

Carson Palmer waited two days before having surgery, which took place in Houston, on Jan 10. Palmer is now in week 20 of an arduous rehabilitation program – albeit unusually smooth up to this point. Palmer’s goal? To play in Cincinnati’s 2006 season opener, against the Chiefs on Sept. 10th, knowing full well that a normal range of recovery from such a debilitating injury is eight to 12 months.

After a number of months focused primarily on rebuilding atrophied muscles and regaining full range of motion, Palmer returned to Cincinnati to continue his rehabilitation at the Bengal’s facility – equipped with a HydroWorx 2000 therapy pool.

“The HydroWorx pools without a doubt are the most versatile pieces of equipment that we have in our training room at Paul Brown Stadium. The applications are virtually limitless” says Paul Sparling, Head Athletic Trainer for the Cincinnati Bengals.

The HydroWorx 2000 is the flagship model of its Pennsylvanian-based namesake. The floor of the pool is an 8-foot-by-12 foot treadmill that can rise to floor level for easy access by the injured Palmer. It can be adjusted to any depth of up to six-feet and can run at speeds of up to eight miles per hour.

This primary feature has allowed Palmer to begin walking, and now jogging, at a much earlier stage of rehab. Through the principal of buoyancy, Palmer is able to jog neck deep in water while taking most of the weight of his body off his knee. Additionally, underwater cameras allow Bengals athletic trainers to observe movements and diagnose any gait irregularities.

In the near weightless environment of an underwater treadmill, an injured athlete can walk or run without over-taxing the joint. The result is typically a speedier, more complete recovery from injury or surgery. That is a bottom-line issue and it is precisely why growing numbers of sports teams and universities are choosing HydroWorx. Top spinal research and sports medicine facilities, most notably Dr. James R. Andrews of the Andrew’s Institute, have invested in HydroWorx pools as well.

About HydroWorx: HydroWorx specializes in designing, manufacturing, and marketing the world’s finest water therapy and conditioning equipment for the sports, healthcare, eldercare, and fitness markets. The company leads the industry in scientific research and data supporting the therapeutic and rehabilitative properties of water therapy. HydroWorx has sold products in 50 states and nine countries. Among its extensive and elite client list are: Dr. James Andrews, renowned orthopedic surgeon; the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints, the U.S. Navy Seals, NASA, the Kennedy Krieger Institute, Manchester United, Nike, the NHL champion Pittsburgh Penguins, the NCAA men’s basketball national champion Duke University, Notre Dame, and Appalachian State.


Nicole Biesecker
Media Relations


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