Fortius Sport and Health

Lower Body Rehabilitation in an Aquatic Environment

Lower Body Rehabilitation in an Aquatic Environment



MARCH 2, 2021 FROM 1:00 – 2:00PM EDT

Presented by: Nick Held and Erin Bussin


Join Nick Held and Erin Bussin for a webinar on Lower Body Rehabilitation in an Aquatic Environment. This webinar is going to be a roundtable discussion where participants can learn more about the lower body and running exercises that can be done in water.

In this webinar you will:

  1. To discuss how to  incorporate aquatic therapy throughout the entire rehabilitation plan
  2. To review up-to-date literature around the effectiveness of aquatic therapy
  3. To explore the gaps in the current literature regarding the use of aquatic therapy.
  4. To bridge the gap between the scientific literature and clinical practice

boc logoContinuing Education: This course is intended for athletic trainers. 1 CEU is available through the BOC for athletic trainers who watch the live webinar in its entirety.


 Nick Held, has experience utilizing aquatic treadmills to help aid his clients in achieving their goals in rehabilitation, training, and sport performance. He returns to Hydrathletics as the Research and Development Manager. Nick is in his late stages of completing his PhD in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. The aim of his research is to understand the cardiovascular responses to water immersion and specifically during aquatic treadmill running. On top of understanding the influence on the cardiovascular system during exercise, he aims to determine the short and long-term advantages of aquatic exercise for enhancing future on-land performance. Ultimately, he is passionate about continuing to remain on the leading edge of aquatic therapy research and applying these findings in order to ensure his clients have the best experience possible. On top of his work at Hydrathletics, Nick teaches in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s University. His passion for education and learning is further demonstrated by presenting at various sports medicine conferences throughout North America.Prior to his return to Kingston, Nick spent two years working as the Sport Scientist for Field Hockey Canada helping prepare the Men’s National Field Hockey team for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Erin Bussin, has worked for the integrated team at Fortius Sport & Health, Performance Rehabilitation Coach, Hydrotherapy Lead​ Erin Bussin brings her experience of working with special populations in both the clinical and research setting. Erin earned her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of British Columbia. Prior to Fortius, she spent 2 years in the research environment attaining skills to better help design and implement evidence-based rehabilitation programs. She is always looking for ways to expand her knowledge of health and wellness, performance, and maximizing client potential. Outside of work, Erin’s passion is Ultimate. Erin is an avid ultimate player, an active member in Canadian Ultimate governance, and she coaches the UBC development team in her spare time.