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Stable vs. Unstable: Using Exercise Balls with the Overhead Press Exercise

“Functional Training” has become increasingly popular in both rehabilitation and fitness. “Core training” has often been considered a component of functional training because of the transfer of force through the trunk to the extremities. Unstable surfaces such as Thera-Band® Exercise Balls and Stability Trainers are often used with traditional exercise movements to integrate training of […]

Exercise ball more effective at activating abdominal muscles

The exercise ball is a popular device for core training, and is often used to increase muscle activation, particularly of the abdominals. Most studies have concluded that the exercise ball increases electromyographic (EMG) activity of the abdominal muscles. In England, Dr. Michael Duncan investigated the muscle activation in 2 different parts of the rectus abdominus […]

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 […]

Thera-Band® program helps improve lower extremity strength and biomechanics in female athletes

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears occur in about one in every 3000 Americans; 80% of these injuries are non-contact, often requiring surgical reconstruction. Female athletes have a higher incidence of ACL injury, likely due to biomechanical differences compared to males. Research has focused on exercise programs that help improve these biomechanics in order to prevent […]

New Clinical Test for Low Back Pain using Exercise Ball

Low back pain (LBP) is one of the most common conditions, yet the specific cause of LBP remains unknown in 85% of cases. Some researchers and clinicians postulate that LBP can be caused by neuromuscular impairments in postural and muscular coordination. Unfortunately, few clinical tests exist to quantify these impairments. Researchers at Lund University in […]

Home-based Thera-Band® exercises as effective as gym exercises for diabetes risk factors

Exercise is a primary intervention to reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Metabolic Syndrome, or “Pre-diabetes” is a syndrome associated with the simultaneous presence of three conditions: high blood pressure, high cholesterol and blood lipids, and obesity.  Individuals with metabolic syndrome are at a greater risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, which is […]

Thera-Band Exercises for Tennis Players to Prevent Injuries

As with all sports, tennis injuries are all too common. The repetitive nature of tennis predispose players to many injuries as a result of muscle imbalance. Believe it or not, tennis players suffer from lower extremity injuries more than shoulder injuries. Todd Ellenbecker DPT, MS, CSCS, Director of the Physiotherapy Associates Scottsdale Sports Clinic, recently […]

Stability ball: fitness jack of all trades (Reuters)

By Dorene Internicola NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) – Call them Swiss balls, Pilates balls, physio balls, exercise balls, balance balls, yoga balls or body balls. Stability balls by any other name would still be the same hardworking multi-taskers of the fitness world. “They can be used for balance training, for core training, with or without […]

New book helps develop “Effective Functional Progressions in Sport Rehabilitation”

Developing functional exercise programs for athletes is sometimes difficult, particularly for rehabilitation professionals without much experience in their patients’ sport. Human Kinetics recently released the book, Effective Functional Progressions in Sport Rehabilitation by Todd Ellenbecker, Mark De Carlo, and Carl DeRosa. The book is divided into 2 parts. Part I provides the benefits and guidelines […]

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