The healing powers of water are well documented. Whether you are rehabbing a serious injury or an athlete at the top of his game looking to improve strength, balance and endurance, training in the pool can make all the difference.
The recent success of the Army's Aquatic Warrior Exercise Program (AWEP) — developed from a pilot initiated by the Army Surgeon General's office under the guidance of Dr. Mary Wykle — has caught the attention of the Marine Corps, which worked with Wykle to develop a modified version of this training to meet the specific needs of Marines.
“The Marine Corps Water Cadence program was taken directly from efforts within the Army to train doctors, physical therapists and aquatics specialists in underwater therapy and recovery fitness programs,” notes Aquatics Specialist Kari Hemund, Semper Fit and Exchange Services Division.
NAS Meridian, Miss., completed a $6.8 million Military Construction (MILCON) renovation of its G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Sports and Fitness Center on Sept. 19, 2011, creating a stellar facility that is inspiring many on base to rededicate themselves to fitness and a healthier lifestyle.
The upgraded facility now features an additional 2,100 square feet of cardio space; two new racquetball courts; a 1/4-mile running track; a 25-meter, eight-lane pool with splash pad; new lighted tennis courts; and an outdoor fitness multi-gym. ...
“Our new facility will serve and provide for around 165,000 military personnel, dependents and civilians with the opportunity for lifestyle improvements and mission readiness through multiple physical fitness opportunities,” notes Fitness Director Beth Stephens-Brown.