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Exercise Sandals Increase Lower Extremity Electromyographic Activity During Functional Activities.
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PMID:  14608427     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVE: Anecdotal evidence suggests that use of Exercise Sandals results in a number of positive clinical outcomes. However, little research has been conducted to determine their efficacy objectively. Our purposes were to determine the effect of Exercise Sandals on lower leg electromyography (EMG) during activities in the Exercise Sandals and to compare EMG associated with Exercise Sandals with traditional lower extremity rehabilitation exercises. DESIGN AND SETTING: Two within-subjects, repeated-measures designs were used to identify differences in lower extremity EMG: (1) between activities with and without Exercise Sandals and (2) between Exercise Sandals activities and traditional rehabilitation activities. All data were collected in the Sports Medicine Research Laboratory. SUBJECTS: Eighteen subjects involved in rehabilitation using Exercise Sandals for at least 2 weeks within the year before data collection. MEASUREMENTS: Mean EMG amplitudes from the tibialis anterior, peroneus longus, soleus, and lateral gastrocnemius muscles were measured during single-leg stance, side stepping, and "high knees," all performed with and without the Exercise Sandals, as well as single-leg stance on a foam surface and T-band kicks in the sagittal and frontal planes. RESULTS: Exercise Sandals increased lower leg EMG activity, particularly in the ankle invertors and evertors. Also, activities involving the Exercise Sandals resulted in EMG activity similar to or exceeding that associated with traditional ankle-rehabilitation exercises. CONCLUSIONS: These results, coupled with the fact that Exercise Sandals are used in a functional closed kinetic chain manner, suggest that they are an effective means of increasing lower extremity muscle activity.
J Troy Blackburn; Christopher J. Hirth; Kevin M. Guskiewicz
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Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of athletic training     Volume:  38     ISSN:  1938-162X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Athl Train     Publication Date:  2003 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-Nov-10     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9301647     Medline TA:  J Athl Train     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  198-203     Citation Subset:  -    
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.
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