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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Researchers in Spain investigate Thera-Band training programs

Part 3 of “Thera-Band Academy well-represented at ACSM annual meeting” Researchers in Spain have shown that Thera-Band® elastic resistance is as effective as weight machines in improving strength in middle-aged women. They wanted to compare the effectiveness of elastic resistance training to weight machines and aquatic resistance exercises. 72 postmenopausal women were assigned to one […]

Thera-Band® resistance or dumbbells? New research supports both in the clinic

The debate of elastic resistance versus isotonic resistance   Elastic resistance is commonly used in rehabilitation exercises, and has been shown to increase strength and function in over 100 randomized controlled trials ( Even with this amount of clinical evidence, elastic resistance is sometimes criticized because of the difficulty in quantifying intensity. Despite the fact […]

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 […]