New-style aqua suits to help rehabilitate injured socer players have been tried out at the English Football Association's national centre, St George's Park.
BURTON-UPON-TRENT, ENGLAND, UK (REUTERS) - A new design of aqua suit which its creator says greatly reduces rehabilitation time for injured athletes has been tried out at the English Football Association's national centre, St George's Park.
The swimming outfit contains padding which is said to mimic various muscle groups, helping keep the wearer in the correct position for exercise, adding resistance to upper body movements and developing stability. The result, said designer Terry Nelson, is that injured players can begin more intense recuperation at a much earlier stage.
The suits are made from Nylon, lycra and foam padding.
Nelson is a former Liverpool club trainee and paratrooper who has had two kidney transplants, plus a leg amputation and he recently demonstrated his exercise techniques for recovery to Derby Countyplayers at St George's Park in Burton-Upon-Trent in central England.
He said his suit is being used both by Real Madrid and Manchester United, as well as other sports clubs around the world.
"Yeah, it was quite hard work and obviously in the water running against resistance and stuff. Especially good for injuries and stuff coming back, you can't work on impact and stuff like that so, yeah, it was good," said Adams.
Steve Kemp, a physiotherapist working at St George's Park, commented: "The TNAR suit is a very good suit, you know, they allow you to function in a, to work in a functional position. You can get straight into that sort of running position, they support you in the correct manner and allow you to go through normal gait patterns without getting forced into sort of flex position. So you know it's a, it's a good design, it's been thought out carefully and allows normal movement to occur as early as possible really."