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Why the HydroWorx Pool?

“The first time Brian got in the HydroWorx pool, he was able to raise his arms higher than ever before. Because of water’s assistive properties, Brian experienced freer movement than he could on land."

"..We can adjust the height of the water, which allows Brian to transition from sitting to standing. The therapy jets challenge Brian’s sitting balance, which has improved so much since his first sessions, and once Brian masters a skill, these adjustable features allow for greater challenges that promote further progress.”

- Christy Sachs, Adapted Aquatics Manager at Kennedy Krieger (Brian's Therapist)

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Requests HydroWorx for Spinal Cord Injury Rehab

Air Date: Friday October 21st 8/7c on ABC

Ty Pennington and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition were in central Pennsylvania this past June, when they asked Middletown-based HydroWorx to contribute to their life-altering project. 

Brian Keefer, a young York County man, was in a life changing accident that left him a quadriplegic.  Since his tragic injury, Brian has been working with professionals at the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore, Md.

Kennedy Krieger uses innovative aquatic therapy methodologies in the HydroWorx pool for the rehabilitation of patients with spinal cord injuries.

HydroWorx Benefits for Neurological and Neuromuscular Patients:

  • Improves balance and proprioception
  • Promotes lumbar stabilization
  • Promotes gait training
  • Helps to regain trunk balance, range of motion, strength and endurance
  • Promotes ambulation, sitting and standing balance
  • Encourages safety and balance

1extreme makeover pic passion pge resized 600“Brian inspires all of us with his unwavering hope, his perseverance, and his continuing success—something in which the HydroWorx pool has played a crucial role,"  - Jennifer Silvestri, Kennedy Krieger Institute

"In the pool, I'm free" - Brian Keefer

A HydroWorx 500 Series pool was installed at the Keefer residence with the assistance of HydroWorx employees, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition staff and community volunteers. Pictures and descriptions of this pool and other models of HydroWorx pools can be found by clicking here>>


In case you missed it, watch the Keefer family episode at!

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