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Water is secret to Shock's success

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John Fritz
SWX Anchor, Reporter

Arena football is a lightning-quick and hard-hitting. Dealing with injuries is simply a part of the game. But for Shock players, the secret healing quickly and coming back strong might be found in the water.

The swimming pool that is. That's where many of the banged-up Shock players land once they're placed on the injured reserve list.

"A lot of players, being on the field all the time, it tends to break down the body a little bit when you're on the field constantly," explained Nick Carlson, the Shock's head athletic trainer.

A visit to the pool sounds easy, but the low-impact workout is not for the faint of heart.

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Injured Shock players head to the pool for an effective, low-impact workout that helps them recover.

"The water gives you a lot of resistance, and when you have a lot of bigger guys they tend to treat a lot more water. It's definitely a good workout," said Carlson. "For a lot of the guys who have specific injuries, you can definitely get a lot of good rehab that way - in the water."

"It gets your heart rate up," said Shock defensive back Rod Moseley. "A couple of exercises will help you get over the edge, and it also helps your breathing. For me, it's helped me with rehab, and it's helped with my conditioning."

"In the pool I'm able to go hard and still get work done," added defensive lineman Jeremy Geathers, who came off the injured reserve list last Thursday. "It also helps me get faster."

Shock players also bring a sense of fun and competition to the pool.

"It's pretty fun to get into the pool," said wide receiver Markee White. "If you think about when you were a kid, going swimming. There's a little bit of fun to it.

"We're competitive in everything, that's how you have to be. Competitive in the pool, competitive on the field. Competitive everything. That's just the life of being a football player."

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