According to the Arthritis Foundation, about 27 million people in the U.S. suffer from osteoarthritis (OA). At the recent World Aquatic Health Conference™, researchers Dennis Dolny, Ph.D. (left) and Eadric Bressel, Ph.D., (right) Utah State University, reported on a two-year study funded by NSPF, pioneering the use of aquatic interval training for people with OA. “This is a significant study to establish guidelines for using an underwater treadmill to improve mobility and movement with less swelling and discomfort,” explained Thomas M. Lachocki, Ph.D., CEO of the National Swimming Pool Foundation. “Early results are encouraging, and we are optimistic that a larger statistical group will result in similar findings.” These researchers have been awarded a grant of $15,552 to continue to pursue this research as they examine the improvements in osteoarthritis sufferers.

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