Mauer’s Mending Has Middletown, PA, Ties
Mauer’s Mending Has Middletown Ties
Injured Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer may be out of action, but he’s working hard to get back on the field. One significant aspect of Mauer’s rehab process has been his therapeutic workouts on the HydroWorx underwater treadmill.
Catcher Joe Mauer’s 2009 AL MVP standing solidified his status as one of MLB’s leaders. However, recent bilateral weakness in his legs has kept him out of games.
Now, Mauer is rehabbing at the Twins’ training camp in Fort Myers, FL. Throughout his recovery process, Mauer has been rehabbing on HydroWorx underwater treadmills with therapy jets at both the Twins’ facility as well as his family home.
The HydroWorx underwater treadmill supplements land-based training and physical therapy protocols; thus, athletes can exercise or rehab for longer periods than on land alone. Teams such as the Twins, Phillies, Rays and Indians all have HydroWorx pools.
Anson Flake, president, HydroWorx, explains the advantages of water-based training and therapy. “On a HydroWorx underwater treadmill, athletes are significantly ‘lighter’ than they are on land. Essentially, body weight is reduced by 80-90%, equating to minimized body stress. That’s why teams like the Twins turn to aquatic therapy to get players like Joe Mauer back as soon as possible.”
No date has been set for Mauer’s predicted return, though his progress is being touted as promising.