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Muscle News Weekly June 23 2014, 0 Comments

Topics of discussion this week:


  • Strength training: Which is better? Movement velocity of your movements or the time under tension? 
  • The Multifidus muscle in low back pain. 2 new studies that add to the confusion
  • Does increased activity lead to degenerative changes later in life?
  • Does muscle activation deficits limit strength gains for those with TKA (Total Knee Arthroplasty)?
  • How long should you hold a static stretch to see any benefits in speed and agility?
  • Another examination test for rotator cuff tears bites the dust....
  • Movement velocity vs. Time under Tension. Which produces greater athletic performance?

Muscle News Weekly June 17 2014, 0 Comments

We got your feedback. Everyone loves the daily news but most people have asked us to space it out to a week so they can get all their reading at once. You asked. We listened! Here are the areas of research that we look at this week:

Does a history of low back pain alter movement patterns of the spine in reaching and sitting?
Want to get more core activation in a side bridge? Breath out all the way. And i do mean all the way!
Does kinesiology taping really help? New study says no.
The consensus on platelet rich plasma treatment on large joint osteoarthritis is........
What shoulder tests are relevant in the diagnosis of shoulder rotator cuff injuries?

Muscle News Daily May 28 2014, 0 Comments

Today's muscle news discusses some great new research on a variety of topics. Here's a list of the 4 areas of research we're going to go over today. Tune in every week for the latest news on muscle performance, recovery and rehabilitation. A few minutes a day is all you need to stay on top of the latest news:

We look at the prevalence of neck pain in those with headaches

A new study helps validate treatment strategies for the knee by looking in other areas

Play tennis or got a client or patient that plays tennis? A new study looks at the types of deficits that are present in tennis players with shoulder pain

If you know someone with chronic low back pain, get them a pedometer. New study shows the results of a simple pedometer

Muscle News Daily May 22 2014, 0 Comments

We got some great new muscle related questions to answer today. Some of the latest research coming out this week answers some great questions that some people may have. Here's a list of the 4 questions that we answer through discussion from recent research findings:

What produces the most muscle mass increase? Varying exercise intensity or varying the exercises?

Is there any advantage of adding elastic bands to your squat?

Does taking X - rays really change the outcome in the management of someone with knee pain?

For someone with low back and leg pain, are there factors that can predict treatment failure?


Muscle News Daily May 21 2014, 0 Comments

Today's muscle news consists of the topic of using ice cooling to enhance performance. We all know that using cooling for injury is recommended, but there are some that are starting to use it to increase performance. We look at a new study that may question this practice. 

We're also going to look at whether there is lower extremity weakness after an ACL injury, particularly in the ankle and hip areas. The findings will help us choose the proper rehabilitation strategies required after an ACL injury. 

Muscle News Daily May 16 2014, 0 Comments

Todays Muscle news daily discusses some aspects of rotator cuff surgery. We also look at myofascial pain and balance. Here's the three topics to discuss today:

  • How long should one remain immobilized after rotator cuff tear surgery?
  • Can myofascial neck pain affect balance?
  • Is rotator cuff surgery really required for atraumatic full thickness rotator cuff tears?

Muscle News Daily May 12 2014, 0 Comments

In today's Muscle News Daily, we take a look at some of the recent research out there that keeps your muscle knowledge updated. Here's what's in store for today:

  • Here's how to get the best glute maximus activation in prone extension exercises with knee flexion. If you prescribe these type of exercises, then this research finding is for you. Make one small adjustment to the technique and your patient or client will be loving you for it.
  • Want to maintain muscle mass in older age as a swimmer? Swim longer distances. Title says it all. We look at the amount of swimming an older master swimmer needs to do to keep the most lean muscle mass.
  • How does an MRI compare to good old fashioned clinical assessment techniques for ACL tears? Here's a 12 round fight between using an MRI or using your clinical assessment skills. The winner? Find out when you read about the latest research finding. 

Muscle News Daily May 09 2014, 0 Comments

Muscle News Daily provides frequent updates on muscle related research to keep trainers, health professionals and consumers up to date. Today, we're going to discuss everything from head to toe, starting with headaches, TMJ, shoulders and knees. Here are the four areas we're going to cover:

  • Head to head with 2 injury prevention programs on knee strength in soccer players. Thank God there are prevention programs for younger athletes since ACL injuries are exploding. We look at a study that takes two of these programs to see which one comes out on top
  • Gait retraining may be a good option for runners with iliotibial band syndrome in addition to regular exercises. Tired of just treating the area of injury? Try gait retraining. It's something that can put your clinic or training facility ahead of the pack with runners. 
  • Do you look at the TMJ joint and muscles when someone presents with cervicogenic headaches? I didn't do it that often. But with all the new research coming out, including research showing that TMJ leads to more intense headaches, it may be time to add this to your examination and treatment strategies.
  • Middle deltoid strengthening should not be overlooked when looking at stabilizing a shoulder with rotator cuff tears. Enough said on that one. I'm guilty of focusing on the mid back everytime i see someone with a rotator cuff tear. It's time to look somewhere else, and the deltoids are a good place to start. 

Muscle News Daily May 07 2014, 0 Comments

Your daily muscle news helps you stay up to date on the latest muscle recovery, rehab and performance research. Today's research findings concentrate on athletic injuries. Apart from treatments, assessing for risk factors is just as important if you want to take a preventative approach. The topics of discussion include the following:

  • Are biomechanical errors common in swimmers? 
  • Are neuromuscular characteristics of the gastrocnemius muscle indicators of ACL injury risk?
  • What risk factors should you be looking for in terms of hip / groin injuries for the field based athlete?


Muscle News Daily May 01 2014, 0 Comments

Get your daily source of news on muscle research, recovery and performance. Todays topics include the latest research answering the following questions:

  • Can spinal stabilization exercises increase size of low back muscles?
  • Which wrist muscles get the greatest stress in non-neutral positions?
  • What's the re-rupture rate of post surgical distal biceps tendon repair?

Muscle News Daily April 30 2014, 0 Comments

Stay on top of the latest muscle research in only 5 minutes a day. Topics of today include the following:

  1. Systematic review of quadriceps strengthening exercises for patellofemoral pain syndrome: What's the consensus? 
  2. Is sports medicine research quality getting better?
  3. Which adductor muscle exercise produces the most muscle activation? This study rates 6 common exercises.
  4. Can you predict risk of injury by doing a Functional Movement Screen? New study examines professional football players in preseason.

Muscle News Daily April 29 2014, 0 Comments

How different is low back muscle strength among different athletes?

We all know we can't treat a patient or client the same. An athlete shouldn't just be considered an athlete. They may vary among sports. This study  here reinforces that thought process. They looked at the strength differences in 3 different planes of movement of triathletes, volleyball and soccer players. 

Strength measures were similar across all three groups for extension and lateral flexion to the left, but lateral flexion to the right was significantly stronger than the control group with the most to least going to soccer, volleyball and then triathlon athletes.

What's scary is that all three groups showed weakness in the abdominal muscles, with large differences in flexion and bilateral rotation compared to the control. 

The conclusion? Sport specific training does not lead to balanced trunk musculature and core stability and may be responsible for muscular imbalances that lead to future injury.

Could trigger points be the cause of pain in people with post-meniscectomy (knee surgery)?

I always love a good study on the presence of trigger points. This study is no different. They looked at 33 patients with post-meniscectomy pain, aged 46 to 60 years of age, to a control group. The results confirm some of my findings from experience.

Those with post-meniscectomy pain had more 'active' trigger points but a similar number of 'latent' trigger points. The active trigger points were also associated with a higher pain intensity.

I always find that trigger points are often overlooked. We tend to focus on increasing strength, flexibility and balance but 
this study shows the importance of assessing for active trigger points. That's one of the reasons i created the Muscle Wizard. Focus on the active strengthening program at the clinic or gym, but let the patient do their own trigger point program at home with the Muscle Wizard.


One crucial reason to focus on active scapular protraction can benefit the upper extremity

Do you focus on teaching your patients or clients how to do active scapular protraction? If not, it's time to start.

A recent study in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science found that there was significant strength increase and muscle activation of the serratus anterior, upper trapezius, flexor carpi ulnaris, flexor carpi radialist and palmaris longus after performing active scapular protraction. 

This is a great study to point to the importance of scapular protraction exercises. I think I'll be doing some of these during my resistance training workout at the gym.

Why its a good idea to add some unstable surfaces to a typical bridging exercise

I love bridging exercises. They're great at activating the core muscles. I also love seeing some of my patients that can squat 400 pounds fall off a gym ball every time they do a bridging exercise. They have a rude awakening on how weak their core actually is. The question is, does adding an unstable surface do any more for a bridging exercise? 

A new study answered that question. They found that an unstable surface increases the muscle activities of the lower extremity and trunk. So start adding an unstable surface and make your patients or clients get more out of their bridging exercises. 


Muscle News Daily April 28 2014, 0 Comments

Some really interesting studies to talk about today. Here's the scoop:

  • Can genetic testing predict who will gain muscle and improve their cardio fitness? I came across a new study that is involved in predicting whether we're going to be good at anything. Funny thing is, its not science fiction anymore. I even give you some references to other studies including a company that can actually help you predict your response to exercise. Just don't use this as an excuse to get out of exercising!
  • What causes more arthritis after ACL reconstruction? Bone-patellar-tendon-bone autografts or hamstring autografts? There's always going to be debate regarding these two procedures. However, an interesting result was seen for those with osteoarthritis after knee pain. Good information for those recommending ACL reconstruction or for those getting it.
  • Is it really beneficial to add passive extension mobilization to an exercise program for osteoarthritis of the knee? I'm in the camp of using as many tools in your tool box to treat someone's pain. This study validates some of these assumptions. 

Muscle News Daily April 25 2014, 0 Comments

Your daily updates on muscle pain, performance and recovery from around the web. Todays topics of discussion:

  • Trigger point acupuncture for chronic shoulder pain. We go over a new randomized study and see what the results of 5 treatment sessions are on chronic shoulder pain
  • Find out which push up exercise is the best for engaging the Serratus Anterior muscle for someone with scapular winging. 
  • Efficacy of rotator cuff surgery. We answer the question on if rotator cuff surgery has made any significant improvements in the recurrence of rotator cuff tears, and which factors are responsible for retears. 

Muscle News Daily April 23 2014, 0 Comments

Todays daily muscle research and findings focus on the TMJ, the knee and the calf:

Do people with TMJ myofascial pain and those with added headaches differ in clinical presentation?

What's the best exercises to decrease patellofemoral stresses? The results may surprise you.Hint: There's no one exercise that does it all

Does pre stretching decrease muscle cramps? A new study puts to the test of the notion of Golgi Tendon Organ disinhibition being the cause. Do we need to find another hypothesis? This research study answers that very question.

Muscle News Daily April 22 2014, 0 Comments

Today's muscle news looks at new research for the following:

How many times a week do you need to workout to see results? 

We look at two different studies that wanted to assess if frequency of exercise was important in gaining muscle mass. The results aren't just for young healthy men. We also look at a study for postmenopausal women to see what frequency affects over health in addition to muscle mass. 

Which intrinsic foot muscle exercise is best? Apart from orthotics, one of the most effective treatments for the foot is doing exercises for the intrinsic foot muscles. However, which is the best exercise? We provide results from a new study plus 2 youtube videos demonstrating these exercises for those that may be interested in doing them. 

Muscle News Daily April 21 2014, 0 Comments

Strength, flexibility or abdominal bracing? Which has the best overall effect on long term recurrent low back pain?

Do you prescribe abdominal bracing to your recurrent low back patients and clients? A new study set out to see if it was the right recommendation. The study involved 4 groups over 10 years. The groups were divided into strengthening, flexibility, strengthening and abdominal bracing, and flexibility and abdominal bracing. 

The results found that the abdominal bracing groups fared much better. Another interesting finding was that the frequency of exercise showed more favorable responses than the duration or intensity. 

If you are looking at providing the best advice for recurrent low back pain patients or clients, recommend exercising more often while using abdominal bracing. 

For crying out loud, can see stop doing sit ups with the feet held down already?!

These findings go out to all those people i still see in gyms doing sit ups. The study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research looked at sit ups and curl ups, with the feet restrained and unrestrained. There were looking at the muscle activity of abdominal and hip flexor muscles. Curl ups with the feet restrained produced the most abdominal activity. However, sit ups and curl ups with the feet restrained also produced a significant amount of hip flexor activity. 

To best test abdominal activity endurance, curl ups with the feet unrestrained may be the best strategy to use. Not to mention the increased compressive and shearing forces on the spine from having the feet restrained in sit ups. 

The holy grail of weight loss revealed! Can you really spot reduce with exercise?

Got some flabby arms? Then start doing some arm weight training. That's usually the logical thinking. But is it right? An interesting new study set out to answer that. They did high endurance resistance training on the non dominant leg for 12 weeks. 

Although body mass, body fat percentage and lean mass was not changed at the whole-body level, there was a 5.1% reduction in body fat mass. Whats surprising is that there wasn't any change in fat mass change in the trained leg. However, there definitely was a reduction of fat mass in the upper extremities and trunk. 

Moral of the story? Just exercise. Fall in love with the process. Don't expect changes in the body part that you are working. Most trainers and health professionals already know this. Spot reducing isn't something you can rely on. 

Deep friction massage for tendinopathy. Still got some merit

This systematic literature review looked at the efficacy of deep friction massage for tendinopathy. The study wasn't able to do a meta analysis due to study differences in outcome tools, body location studied, and study design. However, the takeaway is that there is excellent anecdotal evidence for using deep friction massage. Most of the studies involved some form of mobilization or manipulation along with deep friction massage, showing that using this technique as a stand alone may not get the same response as using it in combination with other treatment strategies. 


Muscle News Daily April 18 2014, 0 Comments

Topics of discussion today:

- Bodybuilding or power lifting workout. Which gives the most muscle hypertrophy? Interesting finding. Nothing earth shattering but confirms previous assumptions

- Can we substitute pain ratings from patients for objective pressure pain threshold measurements? Not so fast....

- More support for using both performance tests AND self reported questionnaires

- Can you expect more back pain as an adult if you have idiopathic scoliosis? 

Muscle News Daily April 17 2014, 0 Comments

Your latest muscle therapy, recovery and performance news. 

Topic of discussion in this article:

- Can 70 be the new 30? New findings show the REAL reason for losing your muscle mass as you get older

- Got a hamstring injury? Throw on a pelvic belt. Really cool new direction on hamstring rehab that everyone should know about

- Speaking of hamstring injuries, what's the best rehab protocol for acute hamstring injury? We go through the findings. Should really help you with setting up treatment strategies for acute hamstring injuries.

- How to increase efficiency of testing both the knee extensors and flexors at the same time. Magic angle revealed (sort of).

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