Re: Water Resistance?
the pool has been the best thing that ever happened to me. It's pretty much the only exercise I can do besides PT and it always feels reallllyyy good. So here is my advice.
-1- even if it feels good in the water don't overdo it the first time, trust me your entire body will hate you the next day.
-2-try and do a mix between regular swimming and things to strengthen your legs. I know the kickboard helps a lot with strengthening for me but at the same time just doing freestyle really stretched my arms in spots that were sore from crutches...
-3- As for getting into the water, I also found this to be difficult. It also can depend on where you are but I have a couple different methods. First is that I would crutch up to the very edge of the pool and then kind of just drop my crutches behind me as i somewhat dove in with the good foot pushing off the wall (and I realize this sounds crazy, but if you're at the point I was at you'll try anything.) If you have someone with you you can crutch to the edge and sit on the edge of the pool and get them to take your crutches. I know it can be slippery but if you take it slow you should be ok since you can bear a little weight.