The Polls are Now Open for The First Ever Excellence in Aquatics Award!

The Polls are Now Open for The First Ever Excellence in Aquatics Award!

HydroWorx is proud to announce that the polls are now officially open for the first ever Excellence in Aquatics Award! The award has been created to recognize those who achieved exceptional rehabilitation results through the use of advanced water therapy.


Determination. Innovation. Excellence.

Sports fans everywhere love a good comeback story. The spirit of the game is watching an athlete triumph after recovering from a devastating injury just months before. Behind these great rehab stories are the athletic trainers and medical staff who also sacrificed to ensure this athlete or team (in many cases) would reach their goals.

The 2013 Excellence in Aquatics Award recognizes these professionals who, despite all odds, garnered superior rehabilitation results through innovative, and sometimes unconventional, methods. These pioneers relied on aquatics as a medium to help achieve exceptional results. This year’s nominees, displayed creativity, expertise and courage when it came to rehabilitating their athletes– and it paid off.

Be sure to vote before midnight on Thursday, June 20th. This year’s winner will be announced at the NATA 64th Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium in Las Vegas, NV on Wednesday, June 24th at 12:15 pm in the HydroWorx Booth #1553!


*AND THE NOMINEES (in alphabetical order) ARE…..

Carson-Newman College Football for Facilitating the Rapid Return from a Fractured Fibula. Carson-Newman College’s starting middle linebacker Jarell Emanuel, sustained a fractured fibula, when he was hit on the lateral aspect of his lower leg during practice, just days before their season opener. The rehabilitation plan began two days after the injury with Jarell walking chest deep in their HydroWorx 1200 Series pool. After just two weeks of rehab in the pool, Emanuel was cleared for non-contact practice and was finally cleared for contact on September 17th — just one month after sustaining a fibula fracture in practice!


The Duke Basketball Sports Medicine Team for Managing Potential Season-Ending Injuries to Key Players. The 2012-2013 Duke basketball team was hit with injuries to two key players at critical times during the season.  Ryan Kelly, senior forward, missed 13 games due to a right foot injury while senior guard, Seth Curry, suffered from a right shin injury. Despite these setbacks, the sports medicine team consisting of Jose Fonseca and Nick Potter, were determined to not allow these injuries define their team’s season! 

Eric Sugarman and the Minnesota Vikings Athletic Training Staff for the Rehabilitation of Adrian Peterson. On December 24th, 2011 Adrian Peterson, while being tackled, incorrectly planted his leg during a run and tore the ACL in his left knee.  Following surgery, Peterson and Viking’s Head Athletic Trainer, Eric Sugarman, began the rehabilitation process remembering Peterson’s goal of starting in the 2012 Season Opener.  Just three weeks after surgery, Peterson was walking on the underwater treadmill at the Viking’s facility.  Peterson went on to have the best season of his career finishing with 2,097 rushing yards and being named the NFL’s 2012-2013 MVP.

Nova Southeastern University’s Dustin Gatens MS, ATC for the Rehabilitation of Basketball Player Brian Cahill.

NOVA Southeastern’s basketball guard, Brian Cahill, has had a long and hard road to be where he is today. Cahill has suffered from serious back and spinal injuries since his senior year in high school, undergoing two serious back and spinal surgeries. After undergoing two surgeries, red-shirting one season, taking another year completely off of school and rehabbing in the pool every day, Cahill was finally able to play in every single game of this past 2012-2013 basketball season!


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