Bruce Becker

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Bruce Becker, M.D., M.S.

Bruce Becker, M.D., M.S. researches the effects of aquatic immersion and aquatic exercise/activity upon human physiology. He is director of the National Aquatics & Sports Medicine Institute at WSU Pullman, where he has been studying the biologic changes found during water immersion at differing temperatures, with particular emphasis on the autonomic nervous and cardiovascular systems.


Dr. Becker is a physician specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation. He has practiced most recently in Spokane, where he was medical director of St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, and had a clinical practice focusing on problems of the musculoskeletal system, particularly spine care. Prior to that, he was medical director of the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, an Associate Professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine, and director of the residency training program for the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. He has published and taught nationally and internationally in the area of human physiologic changes during immersion, and the health benefits of aquatic activity. He is the co-author of the text, Comprehensive Aquatic Therapy, now in its second edition, has published many chapters in the area, as well as numerous professional papers. He also writes the NASMI blog, Wet, healthy and fit.

Recent accomplishments

  • Recipient, 2011 John K Williams, Jr. Adaptive Aquatics Award from the International Swimming Hall of Fame
  • Named to “The Power 25,” most influential aquatics professionals in the nation by Aquatics International magazine 2010
  • Becker, Bruce, "Aquatic Therapy: Scientific Foundations and Clinical Rehabilitation Foundations," PM&R Journal, (2009), pp. 859-872
  • Becker BE, editorial, ³Research Needs in Aquatics,² International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education 3(1), 2009: 4-9
  • B.E. Becker, K. Hildenbrand, R Whitcomb, JP Sandler. "Biophysiologic Effects of Warm Water Immersion." International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education 3(1), 2009: 24-37
  • Member-at-Large, Board of Governors, American Association of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 2004 to present
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Aquatic Research and Education, 2006 to present
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 2003 to present
  • Listed in “The Best Doctors in America,” National Edition: 1998-1999, 2000-2001, 2002-2003, 2003-2004, 2005-2006; Woodward/White Inc., Aiken S.C.
  • Aquatic Therapy Professional of the Year-1999, awarded by the Aquatic Therapy and Rehabilitation Institute


  • Doctor of Medicine, Tulane University School of Medicine, 1969
  • Residency Training, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 1973-1976
  • Master of Science, University of Washington School of Medicine, 1976
  • Bachelor of Science, Iowa State University, 1965

National Aquatics & Sports Medicine Institute

The National Aquatics & Sports Medicine Institute at Washington State University was established in 2008 and remains the nations only facility researching the effects of aquatic activity on health recovery and maintenance.

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