Nineteen clinicians and researchers met in Copenhagen, Denmark in July to present and discuss their research on Performance Health products. This was the 18th year of ‘TRAC,’ the annual meeting of the Performance Health Scientific Advisory Committee. Researchers representing various clinical disciplines (physical therapy, athletic training, chiropractic, massage therapy, exercise science, and sports medicine) from six countries presented a record 34 studies using products from the Performance Health portfolio including TheraBand, Biofreeze, Cramer, Therapearl and BonVital.

TRAC research supports the evidence-based use of Performance Health products, providing a scientific basis for clinical application. “Our Scientific Advisory Committee brings the latest research to us that helps clinicians make evidence-led decisions, which ultimately benefits patients and clients,” said Dr. Phil Page, Global Director of Clinical Education and Research for Performance Health. “This group represents the commitment of Performance Health to research and education over the past 18 years,” continued Dr. Page.

The prestigious members of the Performance Health Scientific Advisory Committee are appointed each year based on their scientific contributions, and are invited to present their studies at the annual TRAC meeting. TRAC researchers often collaborate, providing both international and inter-disciplinary insights.

Dr. Michael Rogers, Professor and Chair of the Department of Human Performance Studies at Wichita State University has participated in TRAC for over 15 years. Dr. Rogers noted, “TRAC provides me with opportunities to develop and conduct research studies with a group of incredibly knowledgeable and experienced international scholars. Through the sharing of ideas and the pooling of resources in our laboratories and clinics, we are able to complete a wide-range of projects focusing on innovative exercise programming and clinically-relevant outcomes. Such collaborative efforts would be incredibly difficult to perform without Performance Health as a catalyst.”

Highlights from this year’s research presentations included:

  • TheraBand resistance provides similar strength curves, muscle activation, and strength gains as traditional isotonic resistance training.
  • TheraBand CLX can be used as a training aid to improve the biomechanics of a squat movement
  • TheraBand exercises in the workplace can improve strength and reduce musculoskeletal pain and pain medication use
  • Hospitalized patients in acute care may benefit from TheraBand CLX exercises
  • The new Cramer Active Ankle Eclipse I and II ankle braces can provide ankle protection with minimal impact on performance
  • New research suggests foam rolling and roller massage work through neurological mechanisms in addition to targeting myofascial structures, suggesting the term “neuromyofascial” rolling may be more appropriate
  • Roller massage applied at a pain level of “5 out of 10” is as effective as higher pain levels
  • Myofascial rolling may inhibit antagonist muscles; therefore isolated rolling of agonist muscles (such as the quadriceps in the knee) may not be recommended
  • Biofreeze provides long-lasting pain relief (5 hours) of exercise-induced muscle soreness
  • Applying Biofreeze spray over TheraBand Kinesiology Tape stays on for 3 days without increasing irritation, providing more immediate satisfaction and sensation than RockTape + RockSauce with similar adhesion
  • Applying TheraBand Kinesiology Tape to shoulder rehab patients using a progressive increase in tension does not improve outcomes compared to tape applied without tension.
  • TheraBand Kinesiology tape can potentially enhance baseball pitchers’ recovery by reducing exercise-induced muscle soreness when applied after throwing
  • For neck pain, TheraBand kinesiology tape can enhance pain reduction after cervical manipulation, but may not enhance neck massage
  • TheraBand Kinesiology Tape can improve static balance in older women with a history of falls, thus potentially reducing fall risk
  • TheraBand Kinesiology Tape helps reduce pain and swelling in stroke survivors with chronic shoulder and hand pain and edema due to complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)

Find all the abstracts from research presented at TRAC 2016 here.

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