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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 […]

Therapeutic Exercise Program for Hip Osteoarthritis: A Case Report

Arthritis of the hip is associated with pain both at rest and during weight-bearing. Current recommendations for managing hip osteoarthritis include therapeutic exercises as a first choice of treatment. Hip pain is one of the most common limiting factors when performing hip osteoarthritis exercises. These exercise programs are often provided individually by physical therapists, as […]

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 […]

ATP tour uses Thera-Band® products for their players

Thera-Band Research Advisory Committee (TRAC) member, Todd Ellenbecker, DPT, MS, SCS, OCS, CSCS was recently featured on a video demonstrating balance and agility exercises for tennis with Thera-Band products. Todd is the Director of Sports Medicine for the ATP Tour, and is the National Director of Clinical Research and Clinic Director of Physiotherapy Associates in Scottsdale. Learn more about […]

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 […]

Balance training program effective for basketball players

Several studies have shown that balance exercises and “neuromuscular training” are effective at reducing injuries in athletes. Neuromuscular exercises typically incorporate products such as Thera-Band® Stability Trainers, Stability Discs, balance boards, and exercise balls. Athletic training researchers wanted to determine if a neuromuscular training program was effective at improving balance in high school athletes. Two […]

Systematic review suggests how to improve balance with specific balance exercises

Balance training for rehabilitation and sports performance enhancement has increased in popularity over the past few years, yet there remains little evidence on the optimal exercise dosage and prescription for balance training. Poor balance has been associated with falls in older adults, as well as injuries in other populations. Balance training has been shown in […]

Balance training effective at reducing falls and improving function

Fall prevention exercise programs are becoming increasingly popular. Research has demonstrated the effectiveness of strength and balance exercises in reducing the risk of falls in older adults. National organizations such as the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend a multi-factoral approach to fall prevention because of the numerous […]

Training program improves throwing accuracy in baseball players

Core training is thought to be important to improve functional sport activities, particularly those involving force transfer through the abdominals and back, into the extremities. For example, much of the strength and power required to throw a baseball comes from the force transmitted through the core from the legs. This is an example of the […]

Neuromuscular exercise program effective for ACL Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation after ACL reconstruction usually involves 6 months of physical therapy, including strength and balance exercises. Traditional ACL rehab has focused on increasing strength of knee and lower extremity muscles. More recently, “neuromuscular” exercise programs that de-emphasize strength training have been used successfully in Europe. Physical therapy researchers in Norway compared 2 types of ACL […]

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