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Elastic resistance proven as good as expensive machines once again!

Quadriceps strength is important both in rehabilitation after knee injury, but also as a risk factor in developing knee osteoarthritis. Knee extension exercises are commonly prescribed to strength the quadriceps in knee patients; these exercises are commonly performed with various types of resistance, including isokinetic, isotonic, and elastic resistance. Thera-Band® elastic resistance has been shown […]

How to prescribe elastic resistance exercise intensity: A new solution

One of the most important aspects of resistance exercise prescription is to provide the appropriate amount of resistance to the muscle. While traditional isotonic resistance exercise is usually prescribed using a percent of 1RM (maximum resistance to complete one repetition), Thera-Band® elastic resistance has sometimes been prescribed using the Rating of Perceived Exertion (RPE). RPE […]

Shoulder muscle activation levels during range of motion exercises

Shoulder rehabilitation patients often perform range of motion exercises using shoulder pulleys and bars. These “active-assisted” exercises are often used as the next-step in shoulder rehabilitation after passive range of motion (ROM) exercises. Active-assisted range of motion (AAROM) exercises are usually performed to begin muscle activation when it’s important to protect healing tissue, especially after […]

The “Clam-Shell” Hip Exercise

Thera-Band®-resisted exercises are becoming more popular not only for hip rehabilitation, but also for knee rehabilitation and for sports-performance training. Recently, Dr. Dawn Gulick published a clinical application article on a popular hip external rotation exercise, the “Clam-Shell,” in Orthopedic Practice. In her article, Dr. Gulick stated that the Clam-Shell exercises can “reduce knee valgus, […]

Shoulder muscle activation during closed chain instability exercises

Closed chain exercises such as weight-bearing through the shoulder in a quadruped position are thought to increase co-contraction around the glenohumeral joint for stabilization. The addition of an unstable surface such as an exercise ball is often prescribed for therapeutic exercises to increase shoulder muscle activation compared to a stable surface. Researchers in Brazil compared […]

Thera-Band exercise program can improve lower limb biomechanics in females

Female athletes are particularly susceptible to anterior knee pain and injury to their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). This increased risk is thought to result from poor dynamic control of the hip and knee, particularly when the foot hits the ground. The inability to control hip adduction, knee valgus, and internal rotation in the transition from […]

Announcing the Thera-Band® Resistance Intensity Scale for Exercise (RISE)

Rating of perceived exertion (RPE) is commonly used during exercise to indicate the intensity of exercise. Originally developed and used in cardiac rehab and aerobic exercise, more recently, RPE is also being used to regulate exercise intensity during resistance exercises.  In fact, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends using RPE to dose resistance […]

Exercises after Achilles tendon reconstruction: an EMG-based progression

Post-operative rehabilitation depends on 3 people: the surgeon, the patient, and the therapist. Obviously, the surgeon must be technically proficient, the patient must be compliant, and the therapist must promote healing without damaging the surgical repair.  Orthopedic surgeons often have therapists follow specific rehabilitation protocols, usually based on tissue-healing timeframes. Prescribing therapeutic exercise at the […]

A better way to prescribe shoulder rehab exercise intensity?

Physical and occupational therapists often use both elastic and dumbbell resistance during shoulder rehabilitation exercises. Unfortunately, many therapists arbitrarily assign resistance levels to patients during their exercises based only on clinical experience. In the fitness setting, RPE (Rating of Perceived Exertion) scales have been used successfully in dosing the intensity of both isotonic and Thera-Band® […]

Can we use perceived exertion to dose elastic exercise intensity?

Several studies have suggested that Thera-Band® resistance is as effective as isotonic resistance (Andersen et al. 2010, Colado & Triplett 2008) with regard to muscle strengthening, power, endurance as well as its’ impact on body composition. One of the difficulties in comparing elastic and isotonic training programs is ensuring each group exercises at the same […]

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