I attended the American College of Sports Medicine’s Annual Meeting in Denver last week. As always, there were lots of excellent scientific presentations, including several by Thera-Band Research Advisory Committee (TRAC) members from around the world. TRAC members presenting their research had their abstracts published in the Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise supplemental issue. The topics included older adult exercise programs including the Thera-Band Exercise Station, validating exercise intensity of Thera-Band elastic resistance, and its use in patients with neck-shoulder pain. I’ve summarized their research abstracts for the blog and will be posting them over this week. Today: Japanese-American Studies; Wednesday: Danish Studies; Friday: Spanish Studies

Japanese-American studies

Researchers wanted to evaluate the effectiveness of the Thera-Band® Exercise Station as part of an aerobic and resistance exercise circuit training program in Japanese older adults. They first determined that the program provided an adequate stimulus for aerobic training as participants exercised at 60% of their heart rate; they also achieved low to moderate intensity resistance training based on RPE levels (Imai et al. 2011). The researchers then randomly assigned 39 older adults to either a Thera-Band Exercise Station circuit or a non-exercising control group. They exercised for 12 weeks, 3 times per week for 50 minutes each session, performing warm-up, circuit training, and cool-down. The exercise group significantly improved their upper body strength, dynamic balance and mobility, endurance, and flexibility. The authors noted that these significant improvements with the Thera-Band Exercise Station were similar to those seen using more expensive hydraulic exercise equipment in a previous study they completed.

  • Imai A, et al. 2011. Intensity of circuit training in community-dwelling older adults using the Thera-Band Exercise Station. (Abstract). Med Sci Sports Exerc. 43(5):S356.
  • Rogers, et al. 2011. Response to circuit exercise training using the Thera-Band Exercise Station in Older Adults. (Abstract). Med Sci Sports Exerc. 43(5):S356.


In another study from Nagoya University in Japan, 16 older adults underwent 12 weeks of a well-rounded group-based exercise program including Thera-Band® elastic resistance training, Stability Trainer balance exercises, flexibility, and aerobic training 2 days per week; they then continued the program individually for 6 years. The participants significantly improved their upper and lower body strength over the 6 years, while their dynamic mobility, flexibility, and endurance remained the same.

  • Koizumi et al. 2011. Longitudinal assessment of functional fitness in older adults participating in a community-based exercise program. (Abstract). Med Sci Sports Exerc. 43(5):S352.
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