Biomechanical and Physiological Alterations in the Aquatic Environment

June 4, 2021 from 12:00 - 2:00pm EDT

Presented by: Nick Held and Erin Bussin 


Join Nick Held and Erin Bussin for a webinar on Biomechanical and Physiological Alterations in the Aquatic Environment. This webinar is going to review current research on the effects of aquatic treadmill running on biomechanics as well as identify gaps in current research. Nick and Erin will discuss the key elements of water immersion and how a clinician can combine these with the effects on physiology and biomechanics to create an effective training program with aquatic therapy. 


  1. Remember the key characteristics of water immersion that act on the human body during exercise.
  2. Identify and compare various expected and/or unexpected alterations in the physiology and biomechanics of aquatic treadmill running.
  3. Evaluate the inconsistencies in the current literature as well as gaps in the literature and clinical practice.
  4. Apply concepts to implement an effective training and rehabilitation program using aquatic therapy.

boc logoContinuing Education: This course is intended for athletic trainers. 2 CEUs are available through the BOC for athletic trainers who watch the live webinar in its entirety.


Cost: $0
Cancellation Policy: HydroWorx reserves the right to change or cancel this webinar dependent on unforeseen circumstances for the speakers or HydroWorx.

Speaker BIo:

 Nick Held is the research and development manager at Hydrathletics and brings over 9 years of experience utilizing aquatic environments and treadmills to help aid his clients in achieving their goals in rehabilitation, training, and sport performance. Nick earned a PhD in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. In addition to his role as Research and Development Manager at Hydrathletics, he is a PostDoctoral Fellow at Queen’s University researching the role aquatic therapy can play in the management of chronic pain in military Veterans. Ultimately, Nick is passionate about continuing to remain on the leading edge of aquatic therapy research and applying these findings in order to ensure his clients have the best experience possible. Nick continues to publish his research in peer-reviewed journals and present at conferences to ensure that he is bringing the latest scientific evidence to his sessions with his clients.
Prior to his return to Kingston, Nick spent two years working as the Sport Scientist for Field Hockey Canada helping prepare the Men’s National Field Hockey team for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Erin Bussin, has treated 4 years in aquatic settings for rehab and recovery. She most recently worked for the integrated team at Fortius Sport & Health, Performance Rehabilitation Coach, Hydrotherapy Lead​ Erin Bussin brings her experience of working with special populations in both the clinical and research setting. Erin earned her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of British Columbia. Prior to Fortius, she spent 2 years in the research environment attaining skills to better help design and implement evidence-based rehabilitation programs. She is always looking for ways to expand her knowledge of health and wellness, performance, and maximizing client potential. Outside of work, Erin’s passion is Ultimate. Erin is an avid ultimate player, an active member in Canadian Ultimate governance, and she coaches the UBC development team in her spare time.