The World Remains Bright for the Aquatic Field - read about new appointment at NSPF, Dr. Bruce Becker

Dr. Bruce E. Becker Appointed Director of Aquatic Health Benefit Research

by National Swimming Pool Foundation®

Becker will guide research investment and health benefit research presentation topics that serve the greatest public need.


Colorado Springs, Colorado, January 11, 2012 —The National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF®) board of directors has appointed Bruce Erhart Becker, MD, MS as Director of Aquatic Health Benefit Research, a newly created position for the non-profit organization. The foundation will rely on       Dr. Becker’s expertise and experience to identify key research topics and researchers and to focus NSPF grant funding.


“We remain committed to opening our wallets to fund research,” said John Puetz, National Swimming Pool Foundation President. “With so many options, we will rely on Dr. Becker to identify the best and brightest and to help us get more bang for the buck,” Puetz added. “Dr. Becker will look at what important public health issues might aquatics play the greatest role, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and metabolic syndromes, respiratory dysfunction, and depression and chronic fatigue syndrome.”


“As a leading researcher and advocate for aquatic health benefits, Dr. Becker is uniquely qualified to help us invest in research that will ultimately attract more people to aquatic activity,” stated Thomas M. Lachocki, Ph.D., CEO of the National Swimming Pool Foundation. “There are few things we do that will have an impact 50-100 years from now. Investing intelligently in the right research and researchers will improve health and generate growth for generations,” added Scot Hunsaker, member of the NSPF Grant Review Committee.

Dr. Bruce Becker is a physiatrist (a medical specialist in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation) with a lifelong interest in aquatic therapy.  He has researched, published and lectured on aquatics across the globe. Currently, Dr. Becker is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of  Washington School of Medicine, and also an Adjunct Research Professor at Washington State University, where he serves as Director of the National Aquatics and Sports Medicine Institute, pursuing physiologic research during aquatic activity. He and Dr. Andrew Cole, MD co-authored the textbook Comprehensive Aquatic Therapy which is now in its third edition. He has been twice named to the Power 25 by Aquatics International magazine and is the 2011 recipient of the John K. Williams Award from the International Swimming Hall of Fame for his work in adapted aquatics. Dr. Becker has been the recipient of major aquatic research grants from the National Swimming Pool Foundation, as well as other grants from the National Disability and Rehabilitation Research division of the Department of Education.

 “I am truly honored by being placed in this role, and see within it tremendous potential to advance the awareness of the value of water in restoring and preserving human health. I am thrilled to help create centers of excellence around the world that can advance research on aquatic activity and its health benefits,” emphasized Dr. Becker. “As a clinician, I have seen so many people’s lives improved in the water.  This role is a big step to seeing those numbers increase exponentially,” he concluded.  Dr. Lachocki added, “The world remains bright for the aquatic field.”


Some of these researchers will present at the 2012 World Aquatic Health Conference in Norfolk, VA on October 10-12th.


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