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  • Simple exercises can reduce hamstring cramping

    May 14, 2012

    If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to our email updates for new blog posts. Thanks for visiting!Physical therapist Tracey Wagner and colleagues described a case report of a competitive triathlete suffering from right hamstring cramping. The patient had bilateral hamstring tightness and bilateral gluteus maximus weakness. Dynamic assessment of gait, lunge, and […]

  • Exercise compliments drug therapy for osteoporosis

    May 10, 2012

    Older women with osteoporosis are at a higher risk of fracture resulting from a fall due to their decreased bone mineral density (BMD). While osteoporosis drugs may help increase BMD, simply improving bone mineral density may not reduce the incidence of falls. According to the Centers for Disease Control, fall risk can be reduced by […]

  • The “Clam-Shell” Hip Exercise

    May 9, 2012

    Thera-Band®-resisted exercises are becoming more popular not only for hip rehabilitation, but also for knee rehabilitation and for sports-performance training. Recently, Dr. Dawn Gulick published a clinical application article on a popular hip external rotation exercise, the “Clam-Shell,” in Orthopedic Practice. In her article, Dr. Gulick stated that the Clam-Shell exercises can “reduce knee valgus, […]

  • Sport-specific rehabilitation for ACL Reconstruction

    May 7, 2012

    Rehabilitation following sports injury requires specific exercises and training to return the athlete to their prior level of competition. Recently, the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy published a series of 4 papers from sports rehabilitation experts on returning athletes to sport after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction. Each paper described progressive phases of […]

  • Shoulder muscle activation during closed chain instability exercises

    May 2, 2012

    Closed chain exercises such as weight-bearing through the shoulder in a quadruped position are thought to increase co-contraction around the glenohumeral joint for stabilization. The addition of an unstable surface such as an exercise ball is often prescribed for therapeutic exercises to increase shoulder muscle activation compared to a stable surface. Researchers in Brazil compared […]

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