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 March 2016:

Acute Care

Jose A, Corso SD. Inpatient rehabilitation improves functional capacity, peripheral muscle strength and quality of life in patients with community-acquired pneumonia: a randomised trial. J Physiother. 2016 Mar 17. (Epub ahead of print).

Inpatient pneumonia patients performing an exercise program with TheraBand resistance significantly improved their ADL, functional performance, strength, and quality of life compared to pneumonia patients receiving traditional therapy. 

Shoulder Rehab and Exercise

Castelein B et al. Superficial and Deep Scapulothoracic Muscle Electromyographic Activity During Elevation Exercises in the Scapular Plane. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2016 Mar;46(3):184-93.

Performing a bilateral shoulder elevation with resisted external rotation using TheraBand resistance increases activation of the middle and lower trapezius compared to a scaption exercise, while reducing upper trapezius activation.


Thigpen CA et al. The American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists’ consensus statement on rehabilitation following arthroscopic rotator cuff repair. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2016 Apr;25(4):521-35.

This is the recommended protocol for rehabilitation after arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs including guidelines for using elastic resistance exercise


Yoo WG. Effects of the dual chest banding using elastic bands on the shoulder pain of scapular dyskinesis patient with winging and elevated scapular. J Phys Ther Sci. 2016. 28:711-13.

This case study describes the use of elastic bands worn on the chest to improve scapular dyskinesis.


Hip/Knee Rehab and Exercise

Diong J et al. Structured exercise improves mobility after hip fracture: a meta-analysis with meta-regression. Br J Sports Med. 2016 Mar;50(6):346-55.

Structured exercise programs including TheraBand resistance are beneficial to improve mobility after hip fracture.


Lee TK, et al. Analysis of vastus lateralis and vastus medialis oblique muscle activation during squat exercise with and without a variety of tools in normal adults. 2016. J Phys Ther Sci. 28(3):1071-3.

Adding elastic resistance or a ball between the knees during a squat does not increase vastii muscle activation 


Sahin M et al. The effect of hip and knee exercises on pain, function, and strength in patients with patellofemoral pain syndrome: a randomized controlled trial. 2016. Turk J Med Sci. 46:265-277.

Adding hip strengthening exercises with TheraBand to knee exercises results in significantly better pain reduction and functional improvement in females with anterior knee pain after 12 weeks.


Sandal LF et al. Pain trajectory and exercise-induced pain flares during 8 weeks of neuromuscular exercise in individuals with knee and hip pain. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2016 Apr;24(4):589-92.

An 8 week exercise program including exercise balls and elastic resistance results in significant reduction in pain and flare-ups in patients with hip or knee pain.


Silva P et al. Strategies for equilibrium maintenance during single leg standing on a wobble board. Gait Posture. 2016 Feb;44:149-54.

This study examined the kinematics and muscle activation while balancing on a wobble board compared to a firm surface, finding activation of muscles in the thigh and ankles.

Neck Rehab

Treleaven J et al. Balance, dizziness and proprioception in patients with chronic whiplash associated disorders complaining of dizziness: A prospective randomized study comparing three exercise programs. Man Ther. 2016 Apr;22:122-30

An exercise program for patients with dizziness and chronic whiplash that included elastic resistance at home can improve dizziness symptoms and balance.


Niethamer LMyers RManual Therapy and Exercise for a Patient With Neck-Tongue Syndrome: A Case Report. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2016 Mar;46(3):217-24.

This case report includes the use of elastic resistance for isometric cervical exercise and the Bruegger exercise. 


Older Adult Exercise

Katzman WB et al. Study of Hyperkyphosis, Exercise and Function (SHEAF) Protocol of a Randomized Controlled Trial of Multimodal Spine-Strengthening Exercise in Older Adults With Hyperkyphosis. Phys Ther. 2016 Mar;96(3):371-81.

This is a study protocol using TheraBand resistance, foam rollers and stretch strap in patients with increased thoracic kyphosis. 


Hofmann M et al. Effects of elastic band resistance training and nutritional supplementation on muscle quality and circulating muscle growth and degradation factors of institutionalized elderly women: the Vienna Active Ageing Study (VAAS). Eur J Appl Physiol. 2016 Mar 1. [Epub ahead of print]

A group resistance training program with TheraBand in very old institutionalized females resulted in improvements in muscle strength and physical performance after 6 months


Kinesiology Tape

Immediate effects of Kinesio Taping(®) on neuromuscular performance of quadriceps and balance in individuals submitted to anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: A randomized clinical trial. Oliviera et al. J Sci Med Sport. 2016 Jan;19(1):2-6.

Kinesiology tape applied to the quadriceps muscle of ACL reconstruction patients does not improve muscle strength or activation, or improve balance.


Effect of Kinesio Taping on gastrocnemius activity and ankle range of movement during gait in healthy adults: A randomized controlled trial. Martinez-Gramage J et al. Phys Ther Sport. 2016 Mar;18:56-61.

Kinesiology tape applied to the lateral gastrocnemius for 72 hours results in reduced duration of activation during gait in healthy adults, but no change in amplitude.


Kinesio taping effect on quadriceps strength and lower limb function of healthy individuals: A blinded, controlled, randomized, clinical trial. De Jesus et al. 2016. Phys Ther Sport. 2016 Mar;18:27-31.


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