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Knee Pain & Aquahab Physical Therapy Benefits

Have you been experiencing knee pain? The source of your pain may lie in your hips.

People who have knee pain likely have a hip weakness which is a cause or contributing factor to their knee issues. Knees and hips have a close biomechanical relationship and when hip strength is impaired in the gluteus medius and maximus, this relationship is affected and there is increased strain through the knee joint. It has been found that prescribed hip strengthening exercises combined with stretching are a useful technique to improve knee pain symptoms.

Vice versa, if knee pain goes unaddressed and you continue to push through the pain you can end up compensating your gait, squat, or running mechanics. Through your movement dysfunction, you can consequently develop hip pain, especially if you already have a pre-existing hip weakness.

If you are suffering from knee or hip pain and think that you might benefit from physical therapy to address your symptoms, you can stop inside the Aquahab Physical Therapy Clinic located across from the indoor pool for a scheduled 15-minute screen free of charge.

If you are interested in learning more about Aquahab Physical Therapy, please fill out the form below.


References:
1) Hip Strength and Knee Pain in Females. N Am J Sports Phys Ther. 2007 Aug; 2(3): 164–169.
2) The role of hip muscle function in the treatment of patellofemoral pain syndrome. Am J Sports Med. 2006 Apr;34(4):630-6. Epub 2005 Dec 19.

NAC Indoor Pool

Pool Temperatures: What to Know

In the world of swimming pools, there’s a lot to know. In this quick read we discuss the difference between water & air temperate, plus what the standard should be for an indoor pool.

Learn more about pool water & air temperature below:

Water Temperature —

What temperature is our indoor lap & therapy pool set at?

The pool temperature is based on national standards for swimming. Our Therapy Pool is set at 92° F for physical therapy and children under 5. Our Lap Pool is set at 82° F for a balance between competitive swimming/fitness, recreational swimming and youth instructional classes.

What is the standard temperature of most swimming pools?

According to the National Swimming Pool Foundation, the standard temperature of a swimming pool varies.

  • Competitive swimming and diving, including training and fitness swimming: 77°-82°F
  • Recreational swimming: 82° F
  • Youth instructional classes: 84°-89°F
  • Preschool/infant and therapy (5 and under): 90°-93°F
  • Spas (hot tubs): under 104°F

How do I find out what the pool temperature is currently at?

The Lap Pool has a floating thermometer tied to the railing half way down the ramp for quick reference. The Therapy Pool has a thermometer sitting in the skimmer basket in the deep end for quick reference.

Please note: 1° to 2° fluctuations throughout the day due to refilling will occur.

Air Temperature — 

Who sets the standard for the temperature in which the air in the pool area should be?

The National Swimming Pool Foundation has guidelines for air temperature of indoor swimming facilities which we follow. Indoor pools must control the amount of relative humidity for the comfort of the users and visitors, and also for the protection of the building and equipment.

What temperature should the air in the pool area be?

The indoor air temperature should be kept between 2° and 5°F above the pool water temperature. The relative humidity should be maintained between 40% and 60%, which will increase comfort and reduce the amount of evaporation.

What temperature is the air in our indoor pool?

 Our air temperature is set at 84°F and our relative humidity is set at 55%. Slight fluctuations throughout the seasons will occur.


At the NAC indoor pool, we offer a variety of group exercise classes, AquaHab physical therapy, swim lessons, youth swim team & more. Interested in learning more about our programs in the indoor pool? Click here to learn more or fill out the form below!

Youth Sports: Why Participate?

When kids play sports, they develop skills beyond the field and pool.  Through healthy competition, kids can discover their personal best, have fun and be a part of a team – modeling fairness, cooperation, and hard work.

At the NAC, our sports programs are designed to expose kids to an active lifestyle and help them gain more knowledge of sports than just the rules. Lessons learned in sports can impact kids throughout their life. Here’s how sports can impact kids beyond the field or the pool:

Self-Esteem

Sports coaches give praise and encouragement to kids. They also learn about their abilities and experience the rewards of pushing themselves in a healthy way. This translates to higher self-esteem and a willingness to try new things throughout life.

A Healthier Lifestyle

We all know that being active can reduce the chance of childhood obesity. However, statistics also show that kids who participate in sports are less likely to abuse drugs or smoke, and in particular, girls who play sports have a more positive body image.

Academic Success

There’s a clear connection to kids participating in sports and excelling in the classroom. Hard work and dedication pays off on the field/in the pool, and kids quickly realize that working hard in the classroom leads to better grades. One study even said that children who played in sports through high school are three times more likely to have higher grades, graduate and get through college.

Healthy Habits Start Early

At the NAC, it is our mission to make lives better by creating the ultimate recreational, social and healthy lifestyle experience. Participating in sports begins to plant the seeds of living a healthy lifestyle early. Kids who are active early are more likely to continue to live an active lifestyle as they get older — so playing sports can lead to healthier habits for a lifetime!


Registration for NAC Attack Swim Team begins next week! Attend our team time trials & get your athlete registered so they can too reap all of the benefits of participating in sports. Learn more about NAC Attack.

 

Let us know you’re interest in swim team!

A Gift That Lasts A Lifetime

Swimming is for everyone – all ages – young and old!

There are many reasons we should all learn how to swim properly. If you learn the proper way to swim now, you will have a recreational and aerobic activity that you can continue to enjoy throughout the rest of your life! Here are a few benefits of taking swim lessons at the NAC and learning how to swim.

1. Water Safety

Each year, a great number of deaths happen while drowning. According to USA Swimming, participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent among children ages 1-4. Learning to swim teaches kid safety while in the pool and could potentially give them the skills to help save lives.

2. Fitness

Swimming uses every one of the body’s major muscle groups and is a fantastic aerobic activity to get your heart pumping. A swimming workout is a total body workout, strengthening everything from the core to the legs to the arms. As you push, pull and kick your way through the water, you are simultaneously working muscles from your triceps and biceps to abdominals and everything in between.

3. Health

Participating in a sport reduces the risk of childhood obesity, which is also linked to juvenile diabetes. Swimming is great because of the cardiovascular benefits that promote heart and lung health. Plus, it is an activity that can be done during anytime of the year, on a team or solo.

4. Confidence & Motivation

Some kids are like a fish, while others have a very natural fear of the water. Learning to swim is a great boost for a child’s confidence. Swimming allows kids to face a challenge and conquer that challenge by learning its value. Like riding a bike or flying a kite, swimming allows kids to get better over time with practice and helps to boost a child’s confidence that they can meet a goal on their own.

5. Coordination

Coordination is an important part of our lives. When you swim you need to synchronize what your arms and legs are doing, along with coordinating your breathing and other body movements. Swimming helps with coordination and strength in other, out-of-water situations as a result.

Our outdoor oasis opens this spring – don’t miss the chance to get your child ready for the swim season. To help prepare, NAC Swim School offers group, semi-private & private swim lessons.

If you have questions about our program or proper placement, contact aquatics@newtownathletic.com or complete the form below.