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AQUATIC THERAPY A Growing Trend with Proven Results BY TORI STAFFORD PHOTOS STEPHEN WILD

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oe Stilwell was still in high school when his curiosity became a dream that would later end up helping others and changing lives. Stilwell is now the owner of Hydrathletics Aquatic Therapy and Sports Training, a facility that utilizes both in-water and on-land therapy and training for clients that vary from varsity athletes to physical rehabilitation patients. He was only a teenager when he discovered the basis for his Kingston-

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based business that helps clients achieve their fitness and rehabilitation goals. While in his neighbour’s backyard pool one day, Stilwell found himself intrigued by the differences between jumping on land and jumping in water. As a lifelong athlete, Stilwell was struck by the potential this difference could make in athletic training. “I thought to myself, ‘This would be really good for jump training – plyometrics – because it’s low impact but high

resistance through the water’,” he recalls with a smile. “And that was it. I spent the rest of that summer looking things up online and researching the idea.” That same summer, Stilwell came across a company called HydroWorx Inc., which manufactures pools specifically for athletic training and aquatic therapy purposes. Throughout his studies – first receiving a diploma in fitness and health at Loyalist College and then his bachelor of science degree in kinesiology at

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