Using a Kickboard for Water Exercise – Ask Doctor Jo

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Using a Kickboard for Water Exercise These kickboard exercises can be done in a pool for a great aquatic therapy workout. For more aquatic therapy exercises, visit

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Doctor Jo is a licensed Physical Therapist and Doctor of Physical Therapy.


Always use CAUTION with Exercising in a Pool:
If you can’t swim, don’t do these exercises unless there is a certified lifeguard on duty.

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Once you have mastered the walking exercises, you can add speed and use equipment to give you more resistance through the water. Today I am going to show you some jogging exercises with a kickboard. Put the kickboard halfway into the water to start off.

The first exercise is jogging forward. As you are jogging, push and pull the kickboard in front of you. The faster you push and the faster you jog, the more resistance you will get, making it harder. Then turn around and go backwards. Continue to push and pull the kickboard as you are jogging backwards. Finally, put your arm straight out to the side. Put the kickboard in front of your arm, and try to keep your body facing forward. Jog forward, and try not to let the resistance of the kickboard twist or turn your body. Switch sides coming back. This is a great core workout.

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DISCLAIMER: This video and any related comments are not medical advice. Doctor Jo is a licensed Physical Therapist and Doctor of Physical Therapy; however, she is not YOUR Physical Therapist and can’t possibly diagnose you through the Internet. So don’t use this information to avoid going to your own healthcare professional or to replace the advice they have given you. This information is only intended to show you the correct technique for physical therapy exercises and should not be used to self-diagnose or self-treat any medical condition. If you are not properly diagnosed, this information won’t help, and it could make things worse. So seriously, check with your healthcare professional before doing these techniques. If you experience any pain or difficulty while doing these exercises, stop immediately and see your healthcare professional.


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L D says:

Hi Dr. Jo! New subbie. I have RA, but,additionally painful uncomfortable neuromas in each foot, so pool exercise is what I am trying to do with kickboard my sis has now gifted me; barefoot in pool not easy to "run" though I can "manage" to do these exercises. I see you have some sort of shoes on and was curious about them? ankle weights too, maybe? TIA, Lisa

Elizabeth Rae Gambaccini says:

Are there strengthening exercises to do in deep water? (We are on a lake where there is no access to shallow water.)
Thanks for your time!

A.New.Viewer says:

Can they be used in the ocean?

Cat Owens says:

always appreciate advice on resistance, BAM! thanks Doc. 🙂

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