Water for a Warrior
Our mission is to provide and supply combat wounded Veterans that would benefit from hydro-therapy and aquatic fitness with pools, hot tubs and other aquatic related products and services so that these products and services are available to aid in their recovery, therapy and well being.
Our goal is to help as many veterans as possible.
How can you help us accomplish that goal?
Financial Contributions – We greatly appreciate any and all cash donations, whether they be a one time or monthly recurring contribution.
Fundraising Events – We have a number of fun fundraising events (such as our Golf Tournament) that you can participate in whether it be through attendance or donation
Products & Services – If you’re in the aquatic industry and have product(s) and/or services that you would like to offer for our upcoming projects please contact Jennifer Bishop – 916-257-8236 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Water for a Warrior is a 501c3 Non-Profit Charity and Donations are Tax Deductible!
No salaries are taken! 100% of profits go directly to the projects.
BENEFITS OF SWIMMING AND AQUATIC THERAPY AND FITNESS
The water provides an ideal environment for exercise and healing. The unique properties of buoyancy, hydrostatic pressure and viscosity combine to allow individuals who may not tolerate land based activities to be able to exercise gaining the physical and mental benefits, improving quality of life.
As a physical therapist I see the positive effects a regular aquatic exercise program can have on individuals will variety of injuries and functional limitations. The following are some of the scientifically proven benefits to aquatic therapy and exercise.
- Immersion in warm water alone increases blood flow to the muscles up to 240%
- Buoyancy provides unweighting of the joints, leading to decreased compressive forces and pain allowing greater movement with reduced compensatory patterns.
- The force of buoyancy can assist, support or resist movements allowing weaker muscles to go through full range to gain strength and provides progression as individuals gain strength and endurance.
- The viscosity of the water (drag) provides resistance in all directions of movement strengthening the muscles equally about the joints.
- Gait (walking) and balance can be safely challenged and improved with the support of the water and reduced fear from falling.
- Hydrostatic pressure helps build the muscles of inspiration and aids in reducing edema (swelling) in the limbs.
- Emotional benefits range from reduced anxiety and depression to a sense of being “normal” in the ability to exercise.
Further resources and organizations involved in aquatic therapy and exercise:
Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, OCS, ATRIC
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Orthopedic Certified Specialist
Aquatic Therapy and Rehabilitation Institute Certified
North County Water and Sports Therapy Center
15373 Innovation Drive, Suite 175
San Diego, CA 92128