Olympic Athletes Report Underwater Treadmill Training Helps Earn Olympic Medals

Published Date: August 22nd, 2012

22 August 2012

In Olympic Games in London earlier this month, two athletes, one British and one American, coached by Alberto Salazar nabbed the gold and silver medals, respectively, in the 10,000 meters.

Silver medalist Galen Rupp credits the HydroWorx treadmill with allowing him to “consistently put together year after year of good training….” His second place finish at the Olympics reportedly makes him the first American man to medal in the event since 1964. Another Salazar-coached athlete, Mo Farah, won the gold medal in the 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters, a first for a British athlete.

Salazar says Rupp never lost a day of training due to overuse injuries because of his access to the underwater treadmill. He adds that the treadmill is his “No. 1 tool for my athletes to be able to bridge the gap from where Americans have been traditionally to where we are trying to get to be competitive.” The coach recently released a book on the topic, written with Dennis Dolny, PhD, of Utah State University, titled Underwater Treadmill Running.


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