Cover Story

Figure 1. A patient does a leg lift while wearing a BFR cuff. (Photo by Jason Risner, courtesy of Owens Recov-
ery Science.)
Blood Flow Restriction Training: The slow-flow movement is fast becoming rehab’s hottest trend

Partially occluding blood flow to the limbs, in com­bin­ation with low-load resistance exercise, appears to facilitate hypertrophy and strength gains in athletes and others while protecting the joints from damaging stresses.

By Cary Groner

From the Publisher

Rich Dubin, Publisher
Publisher’s memo: Our ears are open

The key to growth is listening! You never know where the next great idea may come from. When we launched LER in 2009, it was because I kept hearing that the market needed something different. I did my best to assemble the best team to deliver the best content for you. Seven years later, LER is…

By Richard Dubin, Publisher

Editor Message

Out on a limb: PFP pathfinding

Patellofemoral pain’s subgroup situation just got a lot more interesting, thanks to study findings presented in June at the annual meeting of the National Athletic Trainers Association in Baltimore, MD.

By Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor


Understanding turf toe: The role of foot orthoses

Turf toe is a common injury in football players competing on artificial turf, but it also occurs in soccer and baseball players on natural grass and other playing surfaces. Turf toe is a sprain of the capsule of the first metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint; increasing grades of injury may include…

By Patricia Pande, MClScPT, CSCS, CPed

New healing factors take ulcer care to the next level

Support is growing, in the medical literature and in clinical practice, for the use of skin substitutes and other advanced biologic therapies in chronic diabetic foot ulcers. But researchers and practitioners remain uncertain as to which of these advanced products are best for…

By Hank Black

Lower extremity strength and injury risk in runners

Study findings regarding strengthening interventions in runners with patello­femoral pain syndrome have been inconsis­tent, perhaps because specific subgroups are more responsive than others. Preliminary research suggests high school runners may make up…

By Lace Luedke, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, CSCS

Limb length discrepancy: When, how to intervene?

Limb length discrepancies (LLDs) as small as 1.5 cm can significantly affect gait, and some clinicians choose to intervene in cases of even smaller discrepancies. Many LLDs can be addressed orthotically, but surgical techniques are becoming less invasive and more effective.

By Cary Groner