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

    May 1, 2014

    If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to our email updates for new blog posts. Thanks for visiting! 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • TheraBand Roller Massager reduces delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS)

    March 31, 2014

    Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is common after strenuous or unaccustomed exercise. Muscle soreness appears about 24 to 48 hours after the activity, and sometimes takes a few additional days to subside. DOMS is thought to result from inflammation occurring after strenuous exercise that damages connective tissue in muscle. DOMS causes muscle soreness, reduced range […]

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