The coolest place in the new Genesis Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Clinic isn’t chilly at all: It’s an underwater treadmill, the first one be offered in the Quad-City region.

And the treadmill pool’s water is heated to 91 degrees, Kathryn Ellsworth, the clinic manager, said Friday, so it works for a variety of pain issues and injuries. It’s even equipped for video analysis. Swimmers can swim against the waves, and runners can have their movements recorded.

The clinic was the site of a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday morning, and an open house takes place there Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The $2 million, 10,500-square-foot facility is at the northeast corner of Eastern Avenue and 53rd Street in Davenport.

After being under construction for the past six months, workers were putting on the finishing touches Friday. The clinic employs 13 people.

Ellsworth explained the distinction between the clinic’s two parts. One section is a traditional rehabilitation area while the spacious area that faces 53rd Street is a huge room with high ceilings, a wall of windows and a wooden floor padded for shock absorption.

That sports medicine area is what’s different about the clinic, she said, and it includes resources such as the underwater treadmill. That is helpful to many people, she explained. One recent patient used the treadmill as therapy for nagging back pain.

“It was a safe place to work out with that pain,” she said.

During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Ellsworth thanked Genesis officials for their support and added that she hopes the facility is a boon to the area.

Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba pointed out that the location is one of the fastest-growing in the city. He saluted what he termed a “cutting-edge” clinic and thanked workers for their commitment to Davenport.

Saturday’s open house will include free physical therapy screenings, athletic contests and drawings for prizes, including an Apple iPad.

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