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  • Plyometric Shoulder Exercises for Tennis Players

    May 8, 2014

    As winter thaws and spring is upon us, tennis players are ready to hit the courts! Over 5 years ago, physical therapist and tennis professional Todd Ellenbecker provided a great post for us on special exercises for tennis players, Upper Extremity Plyometrics for Tennis Players. “Plyometric” exercises are commonly used in lower body work-outs, but […]

  • Exercise ball activates core muscles more than exercise on a stable surface

    May 1, 2014

    We are starting a new weekly “Throwback Thursday” feature to the Academy Research blog. Each Thursday, I will be providing a review of relevant research prior to 2009 (per the 5-year rule!), which is actually when our blog started. This is one of the first and most important EMG studies on the exercise ball. It […]

  • TheraBand exercise may improve stroke patient stability

    April 22, 2014

    Stroke patients with hemiparesis often have poor trunk stability due to weakness of their abdominal muscles. This proximal weakness makes balance, upright sitting, head control, and arm movements difficult for stroke patients. Trunk strengthening exercises are usually performed with typical abdominal flexion or rotation, but these may be difficult for some patients with paresis. Researchers […]

  • Elastic resistance training supports white blood cell counts in cancer patients

    April 16, 2014

    Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy often have reduced red and white blood cell counts due to bone marrow suppression. Both red and white blood cells are produced in the bone marrow before being released into the blood through a process called hematopoiesis. Decreases in red blood cells can lead to increased fatigue, while decreases in white […]

  • Warm-up with TheraBand Roller Massager improves flexibility and muscle performance

    April 3, 2014

    Static stretching is often performed as part of a warm-up prior to exercise or sports. While static stretching can increase flexibility and range of motion, it’s also associated with an immediate decrease in muscle performance. Myofascial rolling has recently increased in popularity as part of both warm-up and recovery to improve range of motion and […]

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