Aquatic Physical Therapy in the Rehabilitation of Athletic Injuries: A Systematic Review of the LiteraturesEunkuk Kim* and Hokyung Choi
Department of Physical Education, Korea National Sport University, Seoul, Republic of Korea
- Corresponding Author:
- Eunkuk Kim
Department of Physical Education
Korea National Sport University, Korea
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: July 28, 2015; Accepted date: July 29, 2015; Published date: August 05, 2015
Citation: Kim E, Choi H (2015) Aquatic Physical Therapy in the Rehabilitation of Athletic Injuries: A Systematic Review of the Literatures. J Yoga Phys Ther 5:195.doi:10.4172/2157-7595.1000195
Copyright: © 2015 Kim E, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
This review aimed to analyze the evidence of the effects of aquatic physical therapy in athletes and persons who participate in sports activities. Pertinent databases were searched from the beginning of databases until June 2015 to determine the effectiveness of aquatic physical therapy in the rehabilitation of sports injuries in athletes and/or individual who enjoy sports activities. A total of 311 articles were identified. Eight articles met the inclusion criteria, and the average methodological quality on the Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro) scale was 7. Aquatic physical therapy in the rehabilitation of sports injuries improved pain, range of motion, muscle strength, balance ability, and performance, but the evidence regarding benefits of aquatic physical therapy compared to land-based physical therapy was inconclusive. Further investigation is therefore needed to clarify this.