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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 […]

Systematic review supports balance training

Balance training using unstable surfaces such as Thera-Band Stability Trainers and Rocker / Wobble Boards continue to increase in popularity both in rehabilitation and sports performance. In addition, balance training has been shown to be beneficial in preventing injuries across the lifespan, from athletes to older adults.  German researchers published a systematic review of the […]

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 […]

Another review supports proprioceptive training to prevent sports injuries

It’s been documented in several studies that neuromuscular and proprioceptive exercises using unstable surfaces such as Thera-Band® Stability Trainers can reduce sports injuries. For example, Blue Thera-Band Stability Trainers were shown to reduce ankle injuries by 77% in football players at risk for ankle sprains (McHugh et al. 2007). More recently, a systematic review published […]

Neuromuscular training program reduces injury and improves performance in female athletes

Balance training using Thera-Band® Stability Trainers and balance boards has been shown to prevent sports injuries in several studies. Researchers in Finland investigated the effects of an in-season neuromuscular training program in female floorball players. 27 teams were randomized into either a control group or intervention group that performed a 6-month neuromuscular exercise program. Each […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Proprioceptive Exercises: Are they effective?

Neuromuscular and proprioceptive exercises are increasing in popularity during rehabilitation following sports injuries such as ankle sprains and ACL tears. These interventions typically include balance exercises such as Thera-Band® kicks and balance board training. Researchers from Germany completed a systematic review of studies evaluating the effectiveness of proprioceptive and neuromuscular training. 15 clinical trials involving […]