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Aquatic Therapy: A Viable Therapeutic Recreation Intervention

Ellen Broach, John Dattilo

Abstract


This paper presents a review of the literature concerning the effects of aquatic therapy utilizing swimming and exercise activity to improve function. Based on the literature, aquatic therapy appears to have numerous psychological and physical benefits. Research studies support the belief that participation in an aquatic therapy program can provide individuals with a realistic solution for maintaining physical fitness and continuing to achieve rehabilitation goals while engaging in enjoyable leisure pursuits. Implications of aquatic therapy to leisure generally and therapeutic recreation more specifically are highlighted.

Keywords


Aquatic Therapy, Swimming, Water Exercise, Therapeutic Recreation

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