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  • What to look for at the ACSM Annual Meeting

    May 28, 2012

    If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to our email updates for new blog posts. Thanks for visiting!Several members of the Performance Health Scientific Advisory Committee (TRAC) will have their research presented on Thera-Band® and Biofreeze® products at the 59th annual American College of Sports Medicine meeting in San Francisco this week, May […]

  • The latest and greatest use for Thera-Band resistance bands

    May 23, 2012

    I’ve been looking for creative uses for Thera-Band resistance bands for nearly 15 years, and I love to share them with everyone around the world. There are so many creative people using the “Swiss Army Knife” of rehabilitation tools, Thera-Band. I came across this video on YouTube of a partially paralyzed dog using Thera-Band resistance […]

  • Is the Thera-Band Stretch Strap Effective?

    May 21, 2012

    Stretching exercise can help increase flexibility, but sometimes it comes with a cost of decreased muscle performance immediately afterward. Two common types of stretching are static and contract-relax, or “PNF” stretching (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation). In a recent review paper, I discussed the advantages and disadvantages of different stretching techniques: static stretching may decrease immediate muscle […]

  • Shoulder muscle activation levels during range of motion exercises

    May 17, 2012

    Shoulder rehabilitation patients often perform range of motion exercises using shoulder pulleys and bars. These “active-assisted” exercises are often used as the next-step in shoulder rehabilitation after passive range of motion (ROM) exercises. Active-assisted range of motion (AAROM) exercises are usually performed to begin muscle activation when it’s important to protect healing tissue, especially after […]

  • Balance Training Reduces Sports Injuries

    May 16, 2012

    Balance training using wobble boards and foam balance pads has been shown to reduce lower extremity injuries (Olsen et al. 2005, Myklebust et al. 2003) and improve balance in athletes (Bernier et al. 1998, Gauffin et al. 1988). This neuromuscular training is thought to improve proprioception, thereby reducing risk of injury. Hungarian researchers investigated the […]

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