Treating Shoulder Injuries with Aquatic Therapy Webinar On-Demand
On November 18, 2015, we hosted a webinar titled, “Strategies for Treating Common Shoulder Injuries with Aquatic Therapy.” In this webinar, Murphy Grant, MS, LAT, PES, Assistant Athletic Director- Sports Medicine and Head Football Athletic Trainer at University of Kansas, located in Lawrence, KS presented about treating sports-related shoulder injuries such as rotator cuff strains, shoulder instabilities, shoulder impingement and others with the use of aquatic therapy.
The shoulder is an extremely complicated part of body, made up of many tendons, muscles, ligaments and bones that help stabilize and move the shoulder. Twenty percent of the general population will endure or has endured shoulder pain due to changes in ligament structures.
Common shoulder injuries include:
- Rotator cuff strains
- Rotator cuff ruptures
- Shoulder impingements
- Shoulder instability
- Cervical injuries and headaches
Murphy uses the water for just about all of his athletes, especially those with shoulder injuries or pain. He believes in the healing power of water and has seen many success stories as a result of using aquatic therapy. He shared that as a clinician it is important to experience all the movements in the water yourself before having your athletes do them to be sure they will have the effect you desire. Because warm water is an environment that promotes relaxation, athletes are able to perform movements that they would be uncomfortable doing on land.
Murphy discussed the importance of creating a rehab protocol for your athlete or patient based on their specific goals and needs. Murphy categorizes the exercises performed during a shoulder rehabilitation session into the following groups:
- Warm-up exercises
- Range of motion exercises
- Core exercises
- Strength exercises
- Deep tissue massage and cool down
When Murphy was asked, “What percentage of your athletes get in the water?” he responded with, “Every single one of our student athletes get in the water. Every one. It is a definite part of our mindset at KU. No matter the injury, we will get you in the water.”
If you are interested in adding a few new creative shoulder rehabilitation exercises to your tool kit, Murphy Grant’s webinar is now available on-demand.
Here are a few images of the shoulder exercises discussed in the webinar: