A new industry-sponsored research study is under way to
determine the health benefits of soaking in warm water.
Dr. Bruce Becker and his team at Washington State
University in Pullman, Wash., recently were awarded a
$322,000 grant from the National Swimming Pool Foundation
and 12 industry manufacturers. The research will focus on
the physiological effects of immersion in hot water.
Some scientific reports already suggest that water
immersion may benefit cardiac, respiratory and circulatory
systems while aiding in stress reduction. With this study,
researchers hope to explore what significant differences or
additional benefits might exist for warm water.
?If more people know that hot tubs can
contribute to a healthier and longer life, then the people
who build and supply those products will have a more
prosperous future,? said Thomas Lachocki, Ph.D.,
CEO of NSPF in Colorado Springs, Colo. ?Working
with industry members to fund this type of research is
clearly the right way to go.?
The study is set to begin in 2007, with some results
expected toward the end of the year. A dozen companies
pledged a total of $80,500 annually for two years. NSPF
agreed to match that amount for a total of $322,000.
This September, Becker will join Michael Beach, Ph.D.,
in Austin at NSPF?s World Aquatic Health Conference
as keynote speakers. Becker will discuss current medical
knowledge that explains physiological effects of water
pressure. In addition, a representative from the New York
Department of Health will speak at a seminar about the
cryptosporidium outbreak that left nearly 4,000
sick. Other seminars will discuss biofilm issues,
chloramines, suction entrapment, aquatic therapy, facility
programming and drowning topics.