Aquatics health expert joins NSPF in newly created position
The National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) board of directors has appointed Bruce Erhart Becker as director of aquatic health benefit research, a newly created position for the nonprofit organization. The foundation will rely on 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, NSPF president. “Dr. Becker will look at what important public health issues in aquatics might play the greatest role, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and metabolic syndromes, respiratory dysfunction, and depression and chronic fatigue syndrome.”
Becker is a physiatrist and medical specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation with a lifelong interest in aquatic therapy. He is currently 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.
“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,” Becker said.