professional engineer Dipl.Ing., Dipl.Wirt.Ing. Lars Simpelkamp
D - 36399 Freiensteinau
AquaTrainer within Medicine and Training
The AquaTrainer shall be considered as an integrated part within the professional medicine of Rehabilitation and Training.
Aquatrainer for horses
The concept of rehabilitation, which is a well-integrated part of
therapy in humanistic medicine, means the restoration to effectiveness
or normal life by training, etc. during the convalescing phase after a
serious injury or illness.
After treatment in clinics due to serious injuries or illnesses,
patients need proper care and attention with an appropriate
rehabilitation program to reduce the recovery-time and speedy return to
The target of rehabilitation is to accelerate the healing process and
support the restoration to normal capability - for example by helping
to minimize recovery-time for champion racehorses and facilitating
earlier return to competition.
The use of an AquaTrainer is a major tool of professional treatment in
addition to Laser Therapy, Pulsed Magnetic Field Therapy, Warm/Cold
Therapy, Physiotherapy, Acupuncture, Natural Medical Treatments, etc.
An international expert team - the AIMS (Aqua Evidence In Medicine
& Sports Science) is analysing and evaluating the advantages and
disadvantages of Training and Therapy by use and application of the
medium water. Based on the results of this kind of ongoing studies, we
are continually striving to improve our products.
Therapy in a water treadmill:
The heart of each rehabilitation centre is the aqua jogging. Aqua
jogging is carried out in a water treadmill, which is installed in a
steel container with an access door on floor level. The whole unit is
specially designed to be operated in water and equipped with various
The speed of the treadmill is frequency-controlled for exact speed
adjustment as per the requirements by the therapists or users.
Furthermore a specially designed pump system including controls is
taking care of a proper and quick modification of the water level in
As a variation, there is also the possibility to install a treadmill
without container in an existing pool. Nevertheless, adjusting the
water level is not possible for this kind of treadmills. Also, the
therapist have to be inside the pool to be able to check the details
and support the patient.
The operator is able to run the water treadmill by use of a specially
designed control panel, which can be connected (optional) to a
centralised computer for data exchange with respect to quality
assurance and statistics. In this case a digital monitor is storing
data on heartbeat rate, speed, time, and water level.
Aquatrainer for Humans
The shock waves produced by the walking patient gets fully absorbed by
the side parts and the base frame of the water treadmill to protect the
patient from unnecessary shocks.
The treadmill is especially usefull in initial stages on training and
rehabilitation to establish a base level of fitness prior to excessive
training activities, offering:
At the university Freiburg on one of our system, in scientific sudies
the pros and cons of aqua therapy get researched on a fundamental
- Exercise in an absolute controlled environment
- Cardiovascular conditioning
- Improvement in co-ordination and suppleness without putting stress on the supporting structure of limbs
On numerous trainees the various factors, e.g. water level, temperature
of water, treadmill speed get pre selected and the results in data
Once basic fitness is achieved, the training effect can be increased by:
- Working in deeper water
- Working at a higher regulated speed
- Working over longer periods of time
- Working at different intervals (interval training)
For rehabilitation purposes the water treadmill is used in conjunction
with other traditional treatments and therapies such as Magnetic Field
Therapy, etc. by offering:
Aquatrainerfor humans - studies
- Therapeutic treatment with massaging and cooling effect to limbs
- Allowing joints to be actively moved without concussion helping to regain the normal range of motion
- Even at low water levels the buoyancy effect experienced dramatically reduces the stress on joints, limbs and tendons
- Strengthening of the muscular system
- Increase of the blood circulation and metabolic system
Due to the controlled therapeutic environment, the patient is permitted
to be worked on in a therapeutic manner without overloading any
muscular or skeletal systems. Therefore the convalescence time gets
under water treadmill for humans
In comparison to swimming pools, which have been in use for years in
clinics and fitness centres, a lot of trainers and therapists today
prefer the modern water treadmills for various reasons:
- Lower unit costs (for supply, construction & utilising)
- Lower quantity of water is needed
- Less space is required
- Required filtration and disinfection is carried out more easily
- Speed control and monitoring of heartrate possible
- Adjustable training intensity and therapeutic features, by variation of speed or water level
- Low risk for the patient during workout or treatment
Summarizing, the water treadmill has far more advantages for the daily
work compared to the pool, regarding economics, required space and
under water treadmill for humans
Using a water treadmill is nowadays an important component for
optimising modern training and rehabilitation of athletes, due to its
unique work-out conditions at low stress.
SimpCo Engineering is an office of professional consulting engineers,
active in planning, design and project management of complex conveyor
systems for numerous years.
Our experience in conveyor systems and treadmill components of
global-scale projects is combined with the experience in professional
Training and Rehabilitation to develop specialised designed treadmills
for increasing the effectiveness of professional Training and optimised
treatment in rehabilitation.
We would be glad to be your partner to support you in the planning and
projects managements to create solutions for your specific needs.