Aquatec Fitness https://aquatecfitness.com.au Australia's Aqua Fitness Revolution Tue, 02 Jul 2019 02:08:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://cdn.aquatecfitness.com.au/wp-content/uploads/media/2019/05/cropped-AQUATEC_FAVICON_Square1-32x32.png Aquatec Fitness https://aquatecfitness.com.au 32 32 Effect of aqua-cycling on pain and physical functioning compared with usual care in patients with knee osteoarthritis: study protocol of a randomised controlled trial https://aquatecfitness.com.au/effect-of-aqua-cycling-on-pain-and-physical-functioning-compared-with-usual-care-in-patients-with-knee-osteoarthritis-study-protocol-of-a-randomised-controlled-trial https://aquatecfitness.com.au/effect-of-aqua-cycling-on-pain-and-physical-functioning-compared-with-usual-care-in-patients-with-knee-osteoarthritis-study-protocol-of-a-randomised-controlled-trial#respond Wed, 26 Jun 2019 02:30:43 +0000 https://aquatecfitness.com.au/?p=452 Background: Over the last decade aquatic exercise has become more and more popular. One of the latest trends is aqua-cycling, where participants sit on a water-resistant stationary bike and, while immersed chest deep in the water, combine continuous cycling with upper body exercises that utilise water resistance. Since stationary cycling and aquatic exercises are frequently…

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Background: Over the last decade aquatic exercise has become more and more popular. One of the latest trends is aqua-cycling, where participants sit on a water-resistant stationary bike and, while immersed chest deep in the water, combine continuous cycling with upper body exercises that utilise water resistance. Since stationary cycling and aquatic exercises are frequently recommended to patients with knee osteoarthritis, combining both would seem an obvious step, and an aqua-cycling exercise programme for patients with knee osteoarthritis has indeed been developed. This study protocol gives a detailed description of the exercise programme and the methodology of a study to compare this programme with treatment involving usual care only. Methods: The study is a single-blind, parallel-group, randomised controlled trial of Maastricht University Medical Centre+, the Netherlands. Inclusion criteria: knee pain of four to seven on a 10-point pain rating scale; a Kellgren/Lawrence score between one to three; ability to cycle; good mental health; sufficient language skills; indication for physical therapy in conjunction with impairments due to OA. Exclusion criteria: any contra-indication for aquatic exercise; planned total knee replacement; corticosteroid injection <3 months and/or hyaluronic acid injection <6 months; severe joint complaints (other than knee joint); symptomatic and radiological apparent hip OA; inflammatory joint diseases; inability to safely enter and exit the pool; fear of water. Participants will receive two 45-min moderate intense aqua-cycling sessions weekly over a period of 12 weeks in addition to usual care or usual care only. Usual care consists of an individual intervention plan comprising lifestyle recommendations, medication routine and referral to a physical therapist. Participants will be assessed at baseline, and at 12 and 24 weeks after baseline. The primary outcome is self-reported knee pain and physical functioning. Secondary outcomes are lower limb muscle strength, functional capacity, self-reported disease severity, physical activity level, quality of life, self-efficacy and fear of movement. Daily diaries will collect information on knee pain, physical functioning, level of physical activity, pain medication routine and physical therapy (control group only) or exercise participation over two 30-day periods (during the intervention period). Discussion: To our knowledge the present study is the first randomised controlled trial evaluating the effects of aqua-cycling in the pre-surgical stage of knee osteoarthritis. This trial will demonstrate if the newly designed aqua-cycling intervention, in supplement to usual care, can help to improve impairments due to knee osteoarthritis. Trial registration: Netherlands Trial Register NTR3766 (21-12-2012).

Study written by: Stefanie Rewald, Ilse Mesters and co.

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Source: Rewald, Stefanie & Mesters, Ilse & Lenssen, Antoine & J. Emans, Pieter & Wijnen, Wiel & Bie, Rob. (2016). Effect of aqua-cycling on pain and physical functioning compared with usual care in patients with knee osteoarthritis: study protocol of a randomised controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. 17. 10.1186/s12891-016-0939-5.

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Aquatic cycling—What do we know? A scoping review on head-out aquatic cycling https://aquatecfitness.com.au/aquatic-cycling-what-do-we-know-a-scoping-review-on-head-out-aquatic-cycling https://aquatecfitness.com.au/aquatic-cycling-what-do-we-know-a-scoping-review-on-head-out-aquatic-cycling#respond Wed, 26 Jun 2019 02:26:50 +0000 https://aquatecfitness.com.au/?p=449 Over the past few years, aquatic cycling has become a trending fitness activity. However, the literature has not been reviewed exhaustively. Therefore, using scoping review methodology , the aim of this review was to explore the current state of the literature concerning aquatic cycling. This study specifically focused on study designs, populations and outcomes. A…

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Over the past few years, aquatic cycling has become a trending fitness activity. However, the literature has not been reviewed exhaustively. Therefore, using scoping review methodology , the aim of this review was to explore the current state of the literature concerning aquatic cycling. This study specifically focused on study designs, populations and outcomes. A comprehensive search of seven databases (PubMed, MEDLINE, Cinahl, Em-base, PEDro,Web of Science, WorldCat) was conducted up to 30 th September 2016. GoogleScholar, World Cat, ResearchGate, specific aquatic therapy websites and aquatic therapy journals were searched to identify additional literature. Full-text publications in English, German or Dutch were included. Studies were included when the intervention involved head-out cycling carried out in 10˚to10˚to 35˚Celsius35˚Celsius water. Exclusion criteria were the use of wet suits or confounding interventions that would affect participants’ homeostasis. 63 articles were included and the study parameters of these studies were summarized. Using three grouping themes, included studies were categorised as 1) single session tests comparing aquatic versus land cycling, or 2) aquatic cycling only sessions investigating different exercise conditions and 3) aquatic cycling intervention programmes. Although the experimental conditions differed noticeably across the studies, shared characteristics were identified. Cardiovascular parameters were investigated by many of the studies with the results suggesting that the cardiac demand of aquatic cycling seems similar to land-based cycling. Only six studies evaluated the effect of aquatic cycling interventions. Therefore, future research should investigate the effects of aquatic cycling interventions, preferably in individuals that are expected to gain health benefits from aquatic cycling. Moreover, this comprehensive outline of available literature could serve as a starting point for systematic reviews or clinical studies on the effects of aquatic cycling on the cardiovascular responses.

Study written by: Stefanie Rewald, Ilse Mesters and co.

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Source: Rewald, Stefanie & Mesters, Ilse & Lenssen, Antoine & ☯, Jens & Bansi, Jens & Lambeck, Johan & Bie, Rob & Waller, Benjamin. (2017). Aquatic cycling—What do we know? A scoping review on head-out aquatic cycling. PLoS ONE. 12. 10.1371/journal.pone.0177704.

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Aquatic Circuit Training Including Aqua-Cycling in Patients with Knee Osteoarthritis: A Feasibility Study https://aquatecfitness.com.au/aquatic-circuit-training-including-aqua-cycling-in-patients-with-knee-osteoarthritis-a-feasibility-study https://aquatecfitness.com.au/aquatic-circuit-training-including-aqua-cycling-in-patients-with-knee-osteoarthritis-a-feasibility-study#respond Wed, 26 Jun 2019 02:21:34 +0000 https://aquatecfitness.com.au/?p=446 Aqua-cycling is easy to learn, acceptable, and safe for patients with knee osteoarthritis. It can therefore be an ideal component of aquatic circuit training. Objective: To investigate the feasibility of a small group-based aquatic exercise programme including aqua-cycling. Design: A feasibility study using quantitative (pre-post) and qualitative (cross-sectional) assessments. Participants: A volunteer cohort of 10…

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Aqua-cycling is easy to learn, acceptable, and safe for patients with knee osteoarthritis. It can therefore be an ideal component of aquatic circuit training. Objective: To investigate the feasibility of a small group-based aquatic exercise programme including aqua-cycling. Design: A feasibility study using quantitative (pre-post) and qualitative (cross-sectional) assessments. Participants: A volunteer cohort of 10 women and men, age range 46-77 years, with knee osteoarthritis. Methods: Focus group interviews explored participants’ experience with the training. Pre- and post-exercise knee pain, attendance, progression in training, and adverse events were registered. Results: Seventy percent of patients attended all sessions. Focus groups revealed high levels of satisfaction with the selection of exercises, and participants valued the immediate pain relief experienced. Participants progressed well. However, aqua-cycling in an out-of-the-saddle position was too demanding for most participants. Conclusion: An aquatic circuit training that includes aqua- cycling is feasible for patients with knee osteoarthritis. Participants reported pain reduction and were positive about the diverse exercise programme. Aqua-cycling in a seated position is a safe and controlled type of movement.

Study written by: Stefanie Rewald, Ilse Mesters and co.

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Source: Rewald, Stefanie & Mesters, Ilse & J Emans, Pieter & Arts, Jacobus & Lenssen, Antoine & Bie, Rob. (2015). Aquatic Circuit Training Including Aqua-Cycling in Patients with Knee Osteoarthritis: A Feasibility Study. Journal of rehabilitation medicine. 47. 10.2340/16501977-1937.

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