September 2021

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Cover Story

Recent Advances in the Application of Blood Flow Restriction for Health and Performance

With benefits similar to traditional training practices but with less work, BFR exercise is gaining ground in rehabilitation settings as well as athletic training rooms. The intentional manipulation of blood flow during exercise, commonly referred to as blood flow restriction (BFR) exercise, has piqued the interest of scientists and practitioners alike over the past two decades.

By Chris Pignanelli, PhD(c)

Guest Perspective

Better Than Aging Gracefully Is Aging Flexibly Through Feet & Ankles

The question is, where does it all begin? Our body’s biomechanical function starts at the foot level and as we age, if ignored, this relationship typically takes a turn for the worst. Foot and ankle training is perhaps the single most neglected component of strength and performance, especially in older adults. 

By Philip J Stotter, CEP


The Future of Bike Fit

With cycling’s growing popularity—as a recreational hobby, an athletic pursuit, and a commuting alternative—making sure the bike fits the rider is key to preventing future injuries. With the pandemic, the past year has seen people of all ages and fitness levels seeking outdoor activities and alternatives to driving and public transport, resulting in a renewed popularity of cycling for health…

By Happy Freedman

Study Examines Moisture-Management Dressing For Venous Leg Ulcers

Use of an antimicrobial moisture management dressing paired with a gellable fiber technology under a two-layer compression system in the treatment of heavily exudating VLUs improves clinical outcomes and cost savings. Chronic venous insufficiency is the 7th most…

By Windy Cole, DPM, CWSP

Plantar Flexor Activation in Multi- and Single-Joint Resistance Exercises

These authors hypothesize that calf raises would elicit superior activation of soleus, lateral, and medial gastrocnemius muscles in comparison to leg press.

By Paulo Gentil, Daniel Souza, Murillo Santana, Rafael Ribeiro Alves, Mário Hebling Campos, Ronei Pinto, and Martim Bottaro

Patient Guidance

How to Strengthen Your Ankle After a Sprain

Ankle sprain is one of the most common ankle injuries. Every day in the U.S., 25,000 people sprain their ankle. And more than 1 million people visit emergency rooms each year because of ankle injuries. The most common ankle injuries are sprains and fractures, which involve ligaments, tendons, and bones in the ankle.

By Nathan Lloyd, MSc

COVID-19 Update

Delta Hospitalization Risk Twice That of Alpha

A study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases adds evidence to what many experts already suspected: people infected with the highly contagious SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant are twice as likely to be hospitalized as those infected with the Alpha variant.

School Transmission Tracked

A case study published August 27 in the US CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) shows how quickly the highly contagious SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant can spread within a classroom of children too young to be vaccinated. The outbreak involved an unvaccinated…

Convalescent Plasma for COVID-19 Shows No Benefit

COVID-19 convalescent plasma is blood plasma collected from patients who have recovered from the virus. It’s sometimes known as “survivor’s plasma.” Treating COVID-19 patients with convalescent plasma infusions was thought to help fight the virus.

2/3 COVID Hospitalizations Due to 4 Conditions

Data has shown that individuals with common metabolic and cardiac disorders (eg, type 2 diabetes and obesity, hypertension or heart failure) face an increased risk of hospitalization for COVID-19. Now, researchers from Tufts University have built a statistical model that…

ShortTakes From the Literature

Industry News & Updates

Medline Launches Free Online Wound Care Courses

Medline has launched a new series of chronic wound care courses designed to enhance clinical knowledge of chronic wounds. Created by Medline clinical volunteers as part of the company’s Global Health Initiative, the 4-course series is available in both English and Spanish…

Self-Powered Implantable Device Stimulates Fast Bone Healing

The latest invention by Xudong Wang, PhD, a professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, makes electrostimulation a more convenient option than it currently is to speed up healing of broken bones. His thin, flexible device is self-powered…

Chemical Cocktail Promotes Muscle Damage Repair

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have identified a drug cocktail that can activate and expand a population of muscle stem cells, which are either resident in the muscle, or are isolated from other tissues, such as the skin.

Advances in Flexible Electronics Manufacturing May Improve Prostheses

Engineers from the University of Glasgow Bendable Electronics and Sensing Technologies (BEST) group have developed a new method for manufacturing electronics, which prints high-performance silicon directly onto flexible materials.

FDA Grants Breakthrough Device Designation for Amputee Pain Block System

Neuros Medical, Willoughby Hills, OH, has received Breakthrough Device Designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the use of its novel high-frequency nerve block system as an aid in the management of chronic intractable pain of the…

The Last Word


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