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  • Can exercise benefit acute ankle sprains?

    November 25, 2012

    Ankle sprains are a very common injury, particularly among athletes and soldiers. Conventional treatment following acute ankle sprains usually consists of ice, immobilization, and a simple home exercise program. Dutch researchers performed a systematic review of the literature to determine if studies support the use of additional supervised exercises in patients with acute lateral ankle […]

  • Exercise Ball versus Machine: Which is better for core training?

    November 20, 2012

    Exercise balls have been used for many years in fitness and therapy. Most popularly used to enhance core strength, the exercise ball provides an unstable surface that elicits more activation of the abdominals compared to a traditional abdominal crunch (Vera-Garcia et al. 1999). However, no studies have compared muscle activation on an exercise ball to […]

  • Can Foam Rolling Increase Flexibility?

    November 19, 2012

    Many studies have shown that stretching is effective at increasing flexibility and range of motion (ROM); unfortunately, static stretching is also associated with immediate declines in performance. For that reason, stretching before athletic events has been discouraged in recent years. Although used for many years in physical therapy, foam rollers have recently surged in popularity […]

  • How to prescribe elastic resistance exercise intensity: A new solution

    November 12, 2012

    One of the most important aspects of resistance exercise prescription is to provide the appropriate amount of resistance to the muscle. While traditional isotonic resistance exercise is usually prescribed using a percent of 1RM (maximum resistance to complete one repetition), Thera-Band® elastic resistance has sometimes been prescribed using the Rating of Perceived Exertion (RPE). RPE […]

  • November is American Diabetes Month

    November 2, 2012

    November is American Diabetes Month. Here are a few statistics on diabetes from the American Diabetes Association: Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. Another 79 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed […]

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