UT Soccer Phenom Benefits from Water Therapy
The 2013-2014 college soccer season is rapidly approaching and athletes all over the country are readying themselves for the first weeks of pre-season. One athlete, Caroline Brown from the University of Tennessee, has been highlighted by UTSports.com for her outstanding performances, as well as her dedication to her recovery as she prepares for her final year.
Brown, will be a senior forward/midfielder this year and is coming off of a torn ACL injury. Her rehabilitation program? Combination of aquatic therapy sessions in the HydroWorx 2000 series and land-based exercises. The Hershey, PA native has become very familiar with HydroWorx aquatic therapy pools and rehabbing on the underwater treadmill. Not only is she currently using it at the University of Tennessee to recover from her most recent surgery, but she also used it at the Hetrick Center, for her first ACL recovery her sophomore year in high school. Having utilized the warm water therapy pool previously for rehabilitation, she was very well aware of its benefits, making the decision to rehab again a simple “Yes”.
In addition to the connection to the Hetrick Center, Brown has some close ties with the HydroWorx family. HydroWorx’s Chief of Field Operations, Mike McHugh coached Brown for many years and had some things to share about Brown…
Caroline’s first experience using HydroWorx Pools was when she was 9 years old and I would take her over to the Hetrick Center with my daughters Rileigh and Courtney. I would put them in the 2000 series and lower the floor down which they loved and they would run on the treadmill or try and keep up swimming against the jets. Over the years Caroline would continue to use the HydroWorx underwater treadmill in our fitness room at our corporate office to cross train or rehab a soccer injury. Caroline tore her ACL in her sophomore year at Hershey High School and used the HydroWorx underwater treadmill to speed her recovery. She returned to play as dynamic as ever!
Caroline was a fantastic youth soccer player and a top 2010 national college recruit and has had a fantastic impact on the UT soccer program and has again been able to continue using HydroWorx underwater treadmills and hot / cold pools at their outstanding sports medicine facilities at UT. It is great to see her fulfill her dream of attending UT and making such a positive impact on their soccer program. – Mike McHugh
Beyond Brown’s level of dedication and determination, she is also one of the most dynamic players in the history of UT women’s soccer. Heading into the 2013 season, Brown has 19 goals, 17 assists and 11 match-winners in her career. Brown had a strong junior year in 2012, despite battling through injuries. She scored five goals, including three match-winners, and led the team with seven assists. The 2011 Capital One Academic All-American continued to thrive in the classroom this past year, earning NSCAA Scholar All-South Region honors as well as the 2012-13 Tennessee’s Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year award.
Watch the full UTSports.com video highlighting senior forward/midfielder Caroline Brown.