The WATER Study: Which aquatic exercises work best?

Do you have low back pain?
Would you like to be involved in a study investigating aquatic and land rehabilitation exercises?
Then you may be eligible to take part in the exciting:

                  ‘The WATER study: Which AquaTic ExeRcises work best?’

Who can take part?
Males aged 18-45, who have non-specific low back pain.

The University of Edinburgh, St’ Leonard’s Land, EH8 8AQ.

What will I have to do?
A short assessment with one of our senior physiotherapists in the project, to make sure you are
eligible to take part.
Attend two sessions (one on land and one in the pool) to get familiarised with the exercises, followed
by two sessions (land and pool) for data collection.

What are the benefits of taking part?
You will be shown and perform a range of exercises that can improve your core stability and strength,
which are often used in rehabilitation programmes. Guidance will be provided by our team of
experienced physiotherapists. On completion of your participation, you will be given individualised
feedback which can help identify the exercises of most benefit to you for targeting specific muscles.

Is there a cost?
Absolutely not! Participation in the exercise sessions and individualised feedback will be provided for
free to all participants.

If I decide to take part, can I change my mind?
You are free to change your mind at any time and you do not have to provide any reasons for doing

This sounds great! Who can I contact if I want to take part or have any further questions?
Please contact Stephanie Valentin ( , or 0131 651 6589) for more
information.  Alternatively, you can contact the project leader,
Stelios Psycharakis
(, or 0131 651 6587).

The WATER study is externally funded by the Chief Scientist’s Office

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