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Performance Health Announces 2012 Scientific Advisory Board Appointments

Toronto News, (PR) February 10, 2012

The fifteen individuals appointed to the Thera-Band Academy’s 2012 Scientific Advisory Board, known as TRAC, exemplify diversity in both disciplines and cultures representing six countries and expertise in physical therapy, chiropractic, medicine, occupational therapy, athletic training and massage therapy.

The Thera-Band Academy was formed to scientifically document the benefits of resistance exercise and pain relief, guide the company in its development of new product and exercise programs, and to promote therapeutic exercise and pain management through professional and consumer education. The Academy web site,, is a unique resource that connects healthcare professionals and consumers to the ever growing body of knowledge on exercise. Registration is free and provides access to the largest database of rehab exercises, protocols, research and education in the world.

Phil Page, PhD, PT, ATC, Director of Thera-Band Academy, said, Im very proud of the distinguished group weve built with TRAC. This is our fourteenth year of collaborative research projects that help clinicians make evidence-informed decisions when using Thera-Band and Biofreeze products. Its amazing to have such as diverse group make this one-year commitment to work together to contribute to this body of knowledge.

2012 Scientific Advisory Board Members –

Lars L. Andersen, PhD, National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Copenhagen, Denmark
Ashish Babhulkar, MD, Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital, Pune, India
David Behm, PhD, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada
Barton N. Bishop, DPT, Sport & Spine Rehab / Sport & Spine Athletics, Rockville, MD, USA
Juan Carlos Colado, PhD, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain
Todd S. Ellenbecker, DPT, Physiotherapy Associates, Scottsdale, AZ, USA
Jeff Forman, PhD, NCTMB, De Anza College, Cupertino, CA, USA
Jay Greenstein, DC, Sport & Spine Rehab / Sport & Spine Athletics, Fort Washington, MD, USA
Andre Labbe, PT, A&K Physical Therapy, New Orleans, LA, USA
Michael Rogers, PhD, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS, USA
Mary Sanders, PhD, University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno, NV, USA
Robert Topp, PhD, RN, Marquette University, College of Nursing, Milwaukee, WI, USA
Pamela E. Toto, PhD, OTR/L, Occupational Therapy Consultant, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Timothy Tyler, PT, MS, ATC, Pro Sports PT, Scarsdale, NY, USA
Leo Y.L. Wang, PT, MPH, PhDc, Dept. of Rehabilitation Medicine of First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China

Dr. Page added, I believe our research gets better each year and this year is no exception. Were going to have research presented on the mechanism and effectiveness of Biofreeze as well as clinical outcomes using Thera-Band products.

The 2012 TRAC agenda includes:

EMG and biomechanical analysis of Thera-Band exercises
Effectiveness of therapeutic techniques using Thera-Band and Biofreeze products
Effectiveness of Biofreeze pain reliever on low back pain, neck/shoulder pain, muscle soreness
Outcomes of chronic disease exercise programs using Thera-Band products

It has been a privilege to be a part of TRAC over the past 12 years, stated Todd S. Ellenbecker, DPT, MS, SCS, OCS, CSCS, Clinic Director, Physiotherapy Associates Scottsdale Sports Clinic and Director of Sports Medicine ATP World Tour. The opportunity to meet and work with leading experts in the field of rehabilitation and exercise science has led to an enhanced understanding of resistive exercise worldwide. The ability to perform and share rehabilitative research with leaders internationally has been an exciting and wonderful experience. The Performance Health team has a unique desire to ensure that research and an evidence basis underlies their products. I am very happy to be part of the team and look forward to our continued success.

Robert Topp, PhD, RN, Professor and Associate Dean for Research at Marquette University, College of Nursing added, I am a founding member of TRAC and I appreciate the collaborative opportunity it provides. My work with TRAC has resulted in numerous research projects involving interdisciplinary and international teams of researchers developing evidence-based clinical protocols that improve the health and functioning of individuals experiencing pain and or functional limitations. These research projects have resulted in a significant number of peer-reviewed manuscripts and presentations at national and international scientific meetings.

Featuring leading brands like Thera-Band, Biofreeze and the new Pedigenix Foot Care System, Performance Health offers a broad portfolio of products for the therapy, rehabilitation, wellness, massage, podiatric and performance markets. In addition to market-leading products, Performance Health provides practice building support, evidence-based protocols, clinical and product education, turn-key dispensing and pain management solutions.

The findings from these research projects will be presented at the 14th annual TRAC meeting being held July 23-25, 2012 in St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada.
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