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Aquatic Exercises and Activities: Challenges for Engineering Design and Technology

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The unique characteristics of water (buoyancy, hydrostatic pressure, drag force and temperature) can reduce the risk of injury and assist in movement performance of healthy individuals and individuals with disabilities. Therefore, as movement in water can be an essential resource for training, sports rehabilitation, physical conditioning, and health promotion, aquatic exercise is a useful strategy when people find land-based exercise difficult or impossible. On the other hand, aquatic activities include the concept of human performance. Thus, any motor activities performed in water as efficiently as possible are called aquatic activities.

When considering engineering design and technology for aquatic exercises and activities, water can cause corrosion with metal and the circuit board of equipment and issues, or complete failure can be noticed not only immediately but also over time. Furthermore, data transmission is challenging, as electromagnetic waves can only travel in water with short distances due to the high attenuation and absorption effect, not to mention direct data transmission between underwater and airborne devices.

However, recent engineering design and technology advancements now allow the use of quantitative measures also in a corrosive environment, such as water. It is now possible to, not only measure and improve performance, but also promote activity and exercise while maintaining human health and safety.

This Research Topic aims to attract papers focused on engineering and technology, or innovative ideas concerning motor activities performed in the aquatic environment for purposes that may be functional, health-related, therapeutic, recreational, safety, competitive, or non-competitive. Specific themes we would like contributors to address include, but are not limited to:

· Aquatic therapy & rehabilitation
· Swimming
· Aquatic competencies
· Water safety
· Drowning prevention
· Functional recovery
· Performance
· Postural sway
· Paralympic swimming


Keywords: water, sport sciences, wearable technology, health, safety, rehabilitation


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

The unique characteristics of water (buoyancy, hydrostatic pressure, drag force and temperature) can reduce the risk of injury and assist in movement performance of healthy individuals and individuals with disabilities. Therefore, as movement in water can be an essential resource for training, sports rehabilitation, physical conditioning, and health promotion, aquatic exercise is a useful strategy when people find land-based exercise difficult or impossible. On the other hand, aquatic activities include the concept of human performance. Thus, any motor activities performed in water as efficiently as possible are called aquatic activities.

When considering engineering design and technology for aquatic exercises and activities, water can cause corrosion with metal and the circuit board of equipment and issues, or complete failure can be noticed not only immediately but also over time. Furthermore, data transmission is challenging, as electromagnetic waves can only travel in water with short distances due to the high attenuation and absorption effect, not to mention direct data transmission between underwater and airborne devices.

However, recent engineering design and technology advancements now allow the use of quantitative measures also in a corrosive environment, such as water. It is now possible to, not only measure and improve performance, but also promote activity and exercise while maintaining human health and safety.

This Research Topic aims to attract papers focused on engineering and technology, or innovative ideas concerning motor activities performed in the aquatic environment for purposes that may be functional, health-related, therapeutic, recreational, safety, competitive, or non-competitive. Specific themes we would like contributors to address include, but are not limited to:

· Aquatic therapy & rehabilitation
· Swimming
· Aquatic competencies
· Water safety
· Drowning prevention
· Functional recovery
· Performance
· Postural sway
· Paralympic swimming


Keywords: water, sport sciences, wearable technology, health, safety, rehabilitation


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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31 May 2021 Abstract
29 September 2021 Manuscript

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31 May 2021 Abstract
29 September 2021 Manuscript

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