The purpose of this case report was to describe the effects of individualized aquatic exercise programs with two participants with knee impairments. The first participant was a 17-year-old high school soccer player with an acute knee injury (torn anterior cruciate ligament). She demonstrated significant improvement in functional abilities over the course of the nine week intervention. The second participant was a 33-year-old female with a chronic knee condition (rheumatoid arthritis) localized to the right knee. Although she demonstrated only marginal progress in functional outcomes over the course of six months of participation, improvement in swimming ability was remarkable. The cases were compared and contrasted relative to valid data collection methods and response to aquatic exercise. Results suggested that both quantitative and qualitative data may be useful in determining the effectiveness of aquatic exercise programs. In particular, qualitative data provided insight into the meaning of the activity for the second participant.
Author Kenneth E. Mobily, Paula R. Mobily, Kerry A. Lessard, Molly S. Berkenpas
Volume Vol 34, No 2 (2000)