Fred Couples has two coaches discretion choices for the Presidents Cup team. Any choice he makes is the right decision.

Imagine if your young aspiring athlete came to you and said: "Mom, can you buy me this shirt?" A t-shirt with the word "Dope" written on the front. Your immediate reaction might be to ask, Why suggest to the world that you lack intelligence? More frighteningly, you worry that your kid thinks advertising drugs add up to "cool" and perhaps wonder if he/she could even be lured into taking drugs? Then your child says no mom, "dope does not mean I lack intelligence or take drugs", it refers to my "cool" moves on the skateboard.

"You can work hard and feel good, while still getting yourself strong and healthy"

Water exercise is versatile. You can work in deep or shallow water: non-weight bearing to moderate weight bearing. You can use the water for injury recovery, pre or post joint surgery exercise and a variety of other medical conditions as well as general health and fitness. Water exercise can and should be used to help prepare your body for every level of sport and athletic endeavor.

Deep water exercise puts your body in a state of suspension, allowing you complete freedom of movement. Deep water exercise is relaxing and helps to reduce stress throughout your body.

Shallow water exercise is the perfect environment to develop power and strength without excessive joint stress or balance and coordination without the fear of falling.

Adding a properly designed water exercise program to your regular land routine will help you to reach higher levels of health and fitness than land training alone.

Benefits of Water Exercise

  • Improved circulation and heart function
  • Improved respiratory system efficiency (stronger lungs)
  • Low to no impact on your joints
  • Increased blood flow to your muscles
  • Pain free range of motion for joints and muscles
  • Develop confidence and movement after having a stroke
  • Move without fear of falling with MS and other neurological conditions
  • An alternative environment for the development of:
    • Balance
    • Coordination
    • Flexibility or Range of Motion
    • Strength
    • Endurance
    • Power
    • Speed
  • Faster return to sport or full activity after being injured
  • Efficient - Recover faster from aggressive land training sessions
  • Weight Loss
  • Muscle toning

From the injured to the non-injured, to those with a physical impairment or movement limiting illness, to those in search of general fitness or the highest levels of sport, a properly designed water program will improve the outcome.

In the Master's this year, Tiger Woods strained his knee while trying to hit an awkward shot.

Was this injury the result of unfortunate bad luck?

For every great champion who plays while injured or sick, there should be a disclaimer: "Professional athletes only. School kids and any other nonprofessional should follow doctors order's: stay home and get better."

A few years ago, I worked with a young high school runner who experienced severe Achilles tendon pain every time he ran too long or too hard. His parents and three different coaches all wanted him to recover, yet pressure from this group of adults for him to continue running was also very strong. Fortunately, one of the coaches recognized there was a problem and asked me to help with a pool training program.

With statistics and trends over the last 20 years pointing towards an increase in overuse injuries among kids who are playing sports, the obvious next step is to determine the causes and then do everything possible to reverse the trend. Pinpointing the exact cause will be difficult, while the answer is simple.

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