Biophysiologic Effects of Warm Water Immersion

Authors: Becker BE , Hildenbrand K , Sanders JP
Source: IJARE Volume 3, Issue 1, February
DOI: Not specified Publication date: 2009 Feb E-Publication date: Not specified Availability: abstract Copyright: Not specified
Language: English Countries: Not specified Location: Not specified Correspondence address: Not specified


Article abstract

Physiologic change associated with aquatic activity has been found to profoundly affect human function and health-related biologic alterations. Similar to sleep research, aquatics has emerged as an area ripe with human health and performance implications. Aquatic activity impacts the cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, autonomic nervious system (ANS) and endocrine systems in ways that have positive public health implications for issues confronting the nation, including obesity, diabetes and arthritis (Becker, 2004). Aquatic activity has tremendous application in the area of sports medicine and has great potential value to student athletes in both training and rehabilitation. The aquatic environment is a research area just emerging as a focus of physiologic importance with many health benefits that apply across the age span and could be widely accessed by the American public if both research support and under­standing by the health professionals were to increase.

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