Aquatic Therapy Program

Kennedy Krieger Institute • 801 North Broadway • Baltimore, MD 21205

DIRECTOR:

Albert Recio, MD, RPT, PTRP
Medical Director, Aquatic Therapy

MAnager:

Christy Sachs
Adapted Aquatics and Wellness Manager

Designed to augment land-based therapy, our aquatic therapy program features two state-of-the-art pools with a range of warm water temperatures. It offers different aquatic environments depending on patients’ needs.

Features include:

  • Built-in treadmills for retraining and observing gait patterns
  • Video systems for monitoring therapy activities
  • Multiple jets used for resistance
  • Floors that operate on lifts to allow barrier-free entry and exit for easy access by patients in wheelchairs
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows that fill the facility with light and offer a great view of Baltimore

Aquatic therapy offers many benefits to patients with varying levels of function, including, but not limited to improvements in:

  • Balance
  • Strength
  • Endurance
  • Range of motion
  • Circulation
  • Self-esteem
  • Quality of life

Aquatic therapy is used as a treatment modality throughout the rehabilitation process. The water allows patients to escape the limitations of gravity, helps them to become stronger and provides them with the ability to do more in the pool than they can on land, so they can more quickly achieve their therapeutic goals. Patients can begin aquatics as a part of inpatient or outpatient therapy and are provided home programs that they can follow in a community environment or continue at Kennedy Krieger with the Independent Aquatic Program.

Aquatic therapy is used as a treatment modality throughout the rehabilitation process and offers many benefits to patients with varying levels of function. The aquatic therapy program includes an interdisciplinary team that includes:

  • Adapted aquatic specialists who are certified in lifeguarding, CPR, pool operations, and water safety
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physical therapists

SPECIAL EVENTS

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Adaptive SCUBA Clinic

Saturday, August 12


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THIRD MONDAY OF EACH MONTH
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