18 Apr

Find Out More About Recovery Facilities

Sharon Gayter in hydrotherapy pool

The North East has a new rehabilitation/ training facility with the opening of the £17m. hydrotherapy pool at Teesside University. The pool provides an optimal environment for patients and athletes who require supported exercise as part of a rehabilitation or training programme. Used in conjunction with other traditional treatments and therapies, the hydrotherapy suite offers rehabilitation facilities, therapeutic services, and training and performance improvement opportunities.

The state-of-the-art facilities offer substantial benefits to injury recovery times. The buoyancy of the water at 1.35m reduces the weight of a patient by about 70 per cent, significantly reducing the load on joints, limbs and tendons, allowing athletes to return to training within shorter timescales to accelerate injury recovery times.

A number of organisations, athletes and patients have benefitted from the new facilities and technical expertise including ultra-distance runner Sharon Gayter, junior elite athlete Jess Russon and national cross country and steeple chase athlete Jonathan Taylor.

To showcase the facilities on offer Teesside University is holding an open evening at the hydrotherapy pool next week - Thursday, April 26 (6.00-8.00pm). Tours of the hydrotherapy pool will be conducted in 15 minute slots, starting at 6.00pm. Short talks will also be given by Sharon Gayter and Julie Sparrow, Teesside lecturer in physiotherapy and part of the elite team of 'physiotherapy trouble-shooters' supporting the Olympic Games.

You need to book to attend the open evening which you can do at the Teesside University website.