Itching for new research fresh off the press? Every month, Phil Page, PhD, PT, ATC compiles a list of the latest studies published in the TheraBand Academy database. Here’s your list for February 2016:

The effect of kinesio tape on neuromuscular activity of peroneus longus. Juchler et al. Physiother Theory Pract. 2016 Feb;32(2):124-9.

Kinesiology tape applied to the peroneus longus did not significantly change the muscle activation during downhill running in subjects with functional ankle instability, although there was a small effect on reducing the feeling of instability in some subjects.


A Comparison of the Effects of Stabilization Exercises Plus Manual Therapy to Those of Stabilization Exercises Alone in Patients With Nonspecific Mechanical Neck Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Delenay ST et al. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2016 Feb;46(2):44-55.

Patients with mechanical neck pain receiving stabilization exercises using TheraBand resistance and exercise balls had significantly better improvements in disability, pain, range of motion, and quality of life compared to those receiving manual therapy alone.


Effect of kinesio taping on the isokinetic muscle function in football athletes with a knee injury. Hong SK et al. J Phys Ther Sci. 2016. 28:218-22.

In a pre-post test observational model, the authors found that kinesiology tape improved muscle performance of quadriceps and thigh muscles in soccer players with knee injuries.


Scapular muscle activity in a variety of plyometric exercises. Maenhout A et al. J Electromyogr Kinesiol. 2016 28;27:39-45.

Prone plyometric shoulder exercises with the TheraBand Soft Weight preferentially activate the lower trapezius over the upper trapezius and provide very high (88-97% MVIC) activation of the middle and lower trapezius muscles.


Effects of heel support banding using an elastic band on chronic pain at the achilles tendon in a mountaineer. Yoo WG. J Phys Ther Sci. 2016. 28:314-15.

This case report used an elastic band to unload chronic Achilles tendinopathy in a mountaineer.


Effects of Prophylactic Ankle Supports on Vertical Ground Reaction Force During Landing: A Meta-Analysis. Niu W et al. J Sports Sci Med. 2016. 15:1-10.

In a meta-analysis, the authors reported that prophylactic ankle braces that limit inversion while maximizing sagittal plane motion (such as the Active Ankle) protect ankle ligaments.


Clinical effects of deep cervical flexor muscle activation in patients with chronic neck pain. Kim JY et al. J Phys Ther Sci. 2016. 28:269-73.

A 4-week exercise program including elastic bands for patients with chronic neck pain reduced pain and disability, but did not change posture; however, biofeedback exercise targeted to deep neck flexors was more effective.


The effects of kinesiology taping therapy on degenerative knee arthritis patients’ pain, function, and joint range of motion. Lee K, et al. J Phys Ther Sci. 2016. 28:63-66.

Kinesiology tape to lower extremity muscles significantly improved pain and disability outcomes in patients with knee osteoarthritis when combined with traditional “physical therapy.”


Effects of scapular upward rotation exercises on alignment of scapula and clavicle and strength of scapular upward rotators in subjects with scapular downward rotation syndrome. J Electromyogr Kinesiol. 2016 Feb;26:130-6.

A 6-week strengthening program with TheraBand resistance in subjects with poor scapular position can significantly improve scapular strength and shoulder posture.


Effect of an Ankle Compression Garment on Fatigue and Performance. Samaher N, et al. J Strength Cond Res. 2016 Feb;30(2):326-35

Wearing ankle compression garments increases skin temperature, but does not enhance performance, strength, or blood lactate clearance while being worn. This is consistent with other research finding no performance benefit to wearing compression garments during activity; rather, evidence suggests wearing compression garments after strenuous activity may enhance recovery.


Tool for measuring intensity between training sessions in elderly. Martin F et al. J Strength Cond Res. 2016. 30(1):S52-53 (Abstract)

Established the reliability (.68-.78) of using the OMNI-RES Rating of Perceived Exertion (RPE) scale during TheraBand elastic resistance exercise training with older adults. This provides a reliable method to dose and progress resistance intensity of TheraBand exercises in older adults, rather than using the percentage of a repetition maximum, which is not practical with elastic resistance training.


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