Strategies for Treating Common Shoulder Injuries with Aquatic Therapy

Presented By: Murphy Grant, MS, LAT, PES Assistant Athletic Director - Sports Medicine and Head Football Athletic Trainer at University of Kansas

murphygrantweb.jpgIn this webinar, Murphy Grant will provide treatment ideas using the benefits of aquatic therapy for common sports-related shoulder injuries such as rotator cuff strains, shoulder instabilities, shoulder impingement and biceps tendon pathology. The speaker will present practical exercises for shoulder injuries utilizing resistance jets and varying water depths. He will also discuss the treadmill speeds, water depths, exercises and progressions used for each phase of rehabilitation. 

This webinar will provide specific strategies in developing advanced shoulder rehabilitation programs emphasizing the use of aquatic therapy as a medium to implement them. The strategies are developed to safely, efficiently and effectively bridge the challenging gap between rehabilitation and performance.

As a result of attending this webinar, attendees will learn:

  • A systematic approach to upper body training in the pool 
  • A progression and regression for late term upper body rehabilitation using water as a medium 
  • How to use water to work around specific contraindications 
  • Effective scapular stabilization techniques to prepare athletes for overhead throwing 
  • How to gain and maintain upper body strength while minimizing residual soreness 


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Murphy Grant, who has been a Division I athletic trainer for ten years, is entering into his eighth year as head football athletic trainer and his sixth as Director of Sports Medicine at the University of Kansas. Grant came to KU after five years as the athletic trainer for the men’s basketball program at Oklahoma State. He also served as the Cowboys’ strength and conditioning coach for two seasons.

Grant attended Quincy (IL) University, where he was a member of the football team from 1992-96. He graduated with a degree in athletic training in 1997. Murphy then went to Illinois State, where he served as a graduate assistant in the athletic training department while receiving his master’s degree in exercise science in 1999. The following summer, he spent one season working with the Boston Red Sox rookie league team. Prior to arriving at OSU, Murphy served two years as head athletic trainer at Missouri Valley College. 

In his career, Murphy has been involved in exciting postseason success. While at OSU the Cowboys basketball team advanced to the Final Four, as well as a Sweet 16 appearance. He has been a part of back-to-back bowl games with Kansas football.

In addition to his athletic training work at OSU and Kansas, Grant has also worked with the television show The Biggest Loser, designing workout programs for its contestants, specifically regimens affiliated with HydroWorx. Additionally, Grant has spent time working with the Chelsea Football Club of the English Premiere League and also Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals. With his vast knowledge of aquatic therapy, he has been a lecturer at several aquatic based seminars.