Deep water running or exercise is exactly what the name would imply—training in water deep enough to avoid contact with the bottom of the pool, while keeping your head above the water's surface.
In other words, it is like following an exercise routine while suspended in a body of water. This unique environment gives Deep Water Exercise (DWE) its potential to benefit elite level athletes. Because the athlete is not in contact with the underlying surface, DWE is a completely non-weight bearing form of exercise.
Some athletes, particularly runners, may already be familiar with deep water running. Water Works Performance has expanded that concept to include "Deep Water Skating", which is the training technique employed with hockey players. The principles of DWE can be successfully applied to a variety of sports.
The stresses imposed by bearing our own body weight on land are significant. For example: the impact force generated while running is about 3 to 5 times our body weight. These stresses often result in both acute and chronic injury.
By replicating weight-bearing exercise in the non-weight bearing environment of deep water, the athlete may realize all the benefits of:
…without the stresses imposed by land based, weight bearing exercise.