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Ankle muscle activation during exercises on different unstable surfaces

Unstable surfaces are commonly used during lower extremity rehabilitation exercises. These unstable surfaces generally increase muscle activation on a subconscious level, thus training the sensorimotor system. Many types of devices provide unstable surfaces for training, including balance boards, foam Stability Trainer pads, and air-filled Stability Disks and cushions. These devices vary in the interactions between […]

Balance training progression for ankle rehabilitation exercises

Ankle rehabilitation exercises often involve a progression of exercises that gradually increase the challenges to balance and proprioception.  Therapists will progress patients from standing on stable surfaces to standing on unstable surfaces, or move from 2-leg standing to 1-leg standing in an effort to progress the intensity of an ankle exercise. Despite this common practice, […]

Wobble board exercises can reduce ankle injuries in handball players

Neuromuscular training has long been performed in Europe as part of sports training and injury prevention. Neuromuscular training involves progressive balance training using unstable surfaces such as Thera-Band® Stability Trainers, Stability Discs, and Balance Boards. Several studies have reported that proprioceptive exercises and training reduce injuries in athletes. Researchers in Hungary evaluated the effects of […]

New Thera-Band® exercise helps replicate biomechanical function of ankle

Exercises for ankle sprains often include strengthening of the peroneus longus muscle, usually with Thera-Band® elastic bands or ankle weights. Based on its origin and insertion, the peroneus longus muscle is thought to be responsible for ankle eversion and plantar flexion. However, in terms of its true function, the peroneus longus is an important stabilizer […]

Balance exercises for chronic ankle sprains effective

Chronic ankle sprains have been attributed to poor sensorimotor control, resulting in “functional ankle instability.” First described in the 1960’s by Freeman and Wyke, functional ankle instability has been postulated to result from a lack of proprioceptive information from the ankle due to “deafferentation.” Functional ankle instability is associated with chronic ankle sprains; patients with […]

Functional rehabilitation of chronic ankle instability effective

It’s been reported that athletes suffering an ankle sprains re-injure their ankle 70% to 80% of the time. This leads to chronic ankle instability or ‘functional ankle instability’. Rehabilitation for chronic ankle sprains often includes functional exercises including dynamic closed-chain activities. Thera-Band® products such as elastic resistance bands, stability trainers and balance boards are used […]

Physical therapy with Thera-Band products effective after surgical repair of ankle fracture

After surgery to repair an ankle fracture, physical therapy exercise is usually prescribed; however, no randomized, controlled studies have evaluated the effectiveness of a rehabilitation program after removing the post-operative cast. A prospective, randomized, controlled trial (RCT) was published by researchers in Sweden to evaluate a standardized, but individually-suited training program supervised by a physiotherapist. […]

Balance Training Reduces Ankle Re-Injury

Approximately 23,000 ankle sprains occur daily in the United States, and about one half require some form of medical treatment. Research has shown that athletes are twice as likely to re-injure their ankle within one year. According to a study in the British Medical Journal, athletes with ankle sprains who receive additional proprioceptive training after […]

Simple Exercises to Prevent Falls

Researchers in Portugal investigated the effects of 2 simple strengthening exercises using Thera-Band® resistance bands. The randomized, controlled study , published in Geriatrics and Gerontology International, included 48 institutionalized older adults.  Subjects were tested before and after the program on ankle strength, functional mobility, and balance. The 2 exercises, ankle dorsiflexion and plantarflexion, were performed 3 times […]