This site did plenty of research with the Stretching Institute: Aerobic Water Exercise and Aquatic Therapy, University of Washington Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine: Water Exercises as well as Spine-Health: Water Rehabilitation Exercises.
Kathleen Driscoll is an avid running with a long history of trail and road races. From her local 5K to Ragnar Relay races across the globe she is never one to turn down running - she LOVES IT!
Recently she has been battling back and knee problems that have forced her to stop running and work on rehabilitation.
Here's what she has to say in a review of Aqua Running:
Thank you for introducing me to Aqua Running!
It is a really tough workout that leaves me winded, but not wounded.
Aqua Running is surprisingly difficult, and yet so easy on my battered body. I feel as though I’ve had a great workout from head to toe, but I’m not sore or gimping afterward.
I have suffered lots of recent lower back pain and this class helps it tremendously. My back doesn’t hurt at all during the workout and feels better throughout the day.
The main reason why I enrolled was due to knee pain from running.
Obviously, with no impact in the water, my knees are super happy.
I’ve only been to two classes so far, but I can already tell that it’s a lot like physical therapy and I’m headed in the right direction.
The class itself is fun and invigorating. It’s great to be in the pool on a beautiful sunny day and the people are all fun too.
The instructors, of course, are the best!!
Now, I gots to gets me a jog belt for the water.
Thanks again, Kat
We will link you to many good explanations behind the theory of Aqua Running on this page. We are not scientists but we can stand by our own personal experiences and observations: all of them mirror the information we've researched.