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Can Thera-Band exercises prevent groin strains in soccer players?

Groin strains are one of the most common injuries in soccer players. The muscles of the groin, the hip adductors, are particularly vulnerable because of the repetitive and forceful kicking motion in soccer. In addition, hip adductor muscle weakness is a risk factor for groin injuries in soccer players (Engebretsen et al. 2010). Hip exercises […]

Balance Training Reduces Sports Injuries

Balance training using wobble boards and foam balance pads has been shown to reduce lower extremity injuries (Olsen et al. 2005, Myklebust et al. 2003) and improve balance in athletes (Bernier et al. 1998, Gauffin et al. 1988). This neuromuscular training is thought to improve proprioception, thereby reducing risk of injury. Hungarian researchers investigated the […]

Thera-Band® Exercise helps Washington Redskins Cheerleaders

Research on the Washington Redskins Professional Cheerleading team found that one-third suffered from lower back and hamstring pain (Greenstein & Bishop 2006). The ballistic chorus line-like kicks and drop splits are thought to be the reason for this high injury rate. A team of researchers from the Thera-Band Research Advisory Committee (TRAC) wanted to determine […]

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 […]

Proprioceptive training reduces injury rates and recovery time in female soccer players

Proprioceptive exercise training has been shown in several studies to reduce soccer injury rates. Unstable surfaces such as Thera-Band® Stability Trainers, Stability Discs, and balance boards can be part of an effective proprioceptive training program. Several studies have shown reductions in ACL tears and ankle sprains which are considered “non-contact” injuries. German researchers hypothesized that […]

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 […]

Preventing shoulder impingement in overhead workers with Thera-Band® resistance bands

Shoulder impingement is common in people who perform repetitive overhead work. For example, as many as 70% of construction workers report shoulder pain, compared to 25% of the general population. Physical therapy researchers studied shoulder pain in 240 construction workers. In their prospective study, ½ of the workers participated in a home exercise program designed […]

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 […]

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 […]