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Aquatic therapy uses the healing power of water to accelerate your student-athlete’s rehabilitation and fitness. With three different therapy pools to meet all kinds of needs, Children’s Mercy offers the facilities your athlete needs to work toward a quicker and less strenuous recovery.

Benefits of aquatic therapy


Water therapy offers increased flexibility and a better range of motion for student-athletes who are recovering from an injury. Many people choose to use the therapy pools for strength and conditioning workouts. This allows them to begin to retrain their body to proper movement while lessening low back pain and other chronic conditions.

HydroWorx therapy pools at the Sports Medicine Center at Village West

HydroWorx Pools

The HydroWorx 2000 pool
offers the following features:

  • Zero-depth access: simply walk onto the floor and be lowered to any depth up to six feet
  • Variable speed underwater treadmill with rubberized belt for excellent traction with bare feet or shoes
  • Resistance jet technology with massage hose for deep tissue and scar manipulation
  • Computer camera systems and software
  • Removable support bars
  • Water-resistant remote control to adjust depth and speed

HydroWorx 2000

The HydroWorx 3500 pool offers the following features:

  • Large 12 foot x 16 foot pool allows greater functionality for multiple athletes
  • Fixed 4-foot and 5-foot depths
  • Underwater treadmill smoothly increases from 0 to 7.5 mph in safe, small increments
  • Resistance jet technology with massage hose for deep tissue and scar manipulation
  • Computer camera systems and software
  • Stairs with handrail for safe access

HydroWorx 3500

Adjustable depth pool at the Adele Hall Campus


The Adele Hall therapy pool offers the following features:

  • Zero-depth access: Simply walk onto the floor and be lowered to any depth up to 5.5 feet
  • Spacious 25 foot x 20 foot pool offers plenty of room to exercise
  • Flotation mats, resistance belts, bands and paddles available for specific types of training
  • Multiple step heights to customize your treatment to your size

Sports Medicine Center at Village West

Our Village West location in Kansas City, Kansas offers many amenities, including our human performance and motion analysis lab and an anti-gravity treadmill. Often, Sporting KC and US Soccer players are training in this same location as well.

Contact the Physical Therapy team

 

Children’s Mercy Adele Hall Campus
Adjustable depth pool
(816) 234-3380

 

Children’s Mercy Village West
Hydro 2000 and Hydro 3500i
(913) 264-3000

Stories

ACL tears in both knees: Megan's story

By the time she was just 18 years old, Megan Johnson had torn the anterior cruciate ligaments (ACLs) in both knees. With the help of Children’ Mercy Sports Medicine at Village West, the college softball player is ready to return to the field when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

Meet Megan
Physical therapy patient, Megan, smiling while holding a softball bat in both of her hands

Broken tibial eminence: Sophie’s story

A member of Rock Chalk Dance, the high-energy dance team at the University of Kansas, Sophie Lawrence loves being able to express herself through dance. But a snow skiing accident Jan. 1, 2020, led to surgery and months of physical therapy. Now, thanks to her commitment and Children’s Mercy Sports Medicine at Village West, she’s fully recovered and back on the team.

Meet Sophie
Sophie Lawrence cheering at a KU game with pom-poms in her hands