Fall River, Mass – This season, the New England Patriots offensive line just got a bit stronger. Thomas Austin (#68) is returning to the field following a speedy three-month recovery from foot surgery. In a video interview with SwimEx, the 24-year-old credits water rehabilitation for providing a fast-moving healing process that has helped his ankle return to its pre-surgery strength.
The offensive lineman says he has tried aquatic therapy in the past, but found better results with the state-of-the-art SwimEx pool, “any pools I have been in before might have a current or treadmill - and that’s about it. With this pool, to be able to have a ramp, and four, five or six feet of depth, and the stairs with rails, it allows you to do a lot more stuff. And with me, I weigh 300 pounds, so it is nice. It is lower impact and I can do it more frequently.”
Austin says his foot problems began after suffering a high ankle sprain while playing football at Clemson University. Ever since, he started to develop painful bone spurs in his joint. “It just got worse and worse every year,” says Austin. Once he turned pro, the athletic trainers for the New England Patriots encouraged him to remove the spur and scar tissue for good.
Following surgery in January 2011, he immediately started rehabilitation at a local hospital. “When he first came to the clinic his motion was limited. We got him into the pool and started working his range of motion and strength as much as we could with jumping on the treadmill, running against the current and using the pool as much as we could.,” says physical therapist Jaeson Kawadler.
Kawadler says pool therapy can offer great results for professional athletes, and has helped Austin make remarkable progress following surgery, “now his range of motion is excellent and the pool really helped us get us to the stage we are at in a quicker time period.”
Click to watch video interview with: Thomas Austin
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