A young man suffering from a serious
back injury came to the pool with his
child. He kept a close eye on the
exercises the instructor was doing with
client. He asked can you make me walk,
the doctors said I would never walk.
I’ve been in the wheelchair for 4 years
now. No promises the instructor said but
if you want to try we can work together.
After 1.5years a miracle happened. Up to
then the instructor move the man’s legs.
One day he said, I want to do it myself.
With total commitment he started to move
his legs himself. With time the
instructor would tell him the exercise
and he would do them. When he went to
the doctor, the doctor noticed major
changes. He asked what he was doing. The
man said exercising in the water. When
he told the doctor the exercises he was
able to do, the doctor said it is not
possible, your movements are spontaneous
muscle contractions. There is no way you
will ever be able to control your
movements. The man said to the doctor,
the instructor tells me the exercise and
I do them. The instructors mixes up the
movements so I have no idea what they
are going to make me do. How can this be
spontaneous muscle movement. The long
story short is, he now walks with braces
and has returned to work.
Another reason to cross train
– Land Meets Water…
Water is magical - buoyancy
unloads the body, and impact
decreases with increasing depth
Athletes and other fitness
enthusiasts who participate in
land based activities that
include a significant amount of
‘landing’ run the risk of
developing a condition called
foot-strike hemolysis. This may
result in rupturing of red blood
cells affecting the ability of
the body to maintain the iron
needed to carry oxygen.
Runners have been found to
develop hemolysis, whereas long
distance cyclists have not.
Schumacher et al, 2002 suggested
that repeated foot strikes
associated with running destroy
red blood cells.