TheraBand research presented at APTA conference

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February 26, 2015


Several research projects were presented at the February 2015 Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in Indianapolis. Each year, the Combined Sections Meeting showcases research from the various sections of the APTA. Performance Health supports many independent research projects around the world with TheraBand and Biofreeze products to support evidence-based practice.

Comparison of a stretching protocol with the First Step to Foot Relief protocol on selected clinical outcome measures in patients with heel pain (Bellarmine University, Louisville KY)


  • The First Step to Foot Relief program including a Foot Roller and TheraBand resistance band improved pain and function in patients with plantar fasciitis/heel pain.

 Effects of manual therapy in addition to supervised exercise for subacromial impingement syndrome (Proaxis Therapy, Greenville SC)

  • In patients with shoulder impingement, researchers found no additional benefit to adding mobilization of the thoracic spine or shoulder to a supervised exercise program including TheraBand resistance.


Comparison of electromyographic activation of gluteal musculature during therapeutic exercises with and without elastic resistance in healthy and low back pain populations (Sport & Spine Rehab, Ft Washington MD)

  • The “Fire Hydrant” exercise with TheraBand resistance may be beneficial to patients with low back pain by preferentially activating gluteal muscles

A neuromuscular balance training program for female high school basketball athletes to prevent ankle sprains (Bellarmine University, Louisville KY)

  • A 6-week in-season balance training using TheraBand Stability Trainers and wobble boards 3 days per week for less than 8 minutes improved balance and resulted in no further ankle injuries during the season.

The effect of sitting on stability balls on nonspecific low back pain and core endurance: a randomized, controlled, prospective study (Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah GA)

  • Sitting on a TheraBand exercise ball for 8 weeks improved core endurance compared to office chair sitting, and did not change low back pain or disability.

Resisted sidestepping: which leg works more?  (Boston University, Boston MA); 
Effect of Thera-Band placement and stance position on hip abductor muscle activity (Boston University, Boston MA)

  • Performing a side-stepping exercise in a squat position with TheraBand resistance around the toes is the best for activating the gluteal muscles in the stance leg (not the moving leg).
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