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Thera-band (R) elastic band tension: reference values for physical activity

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Author(s):
Uchida, Marco Carlos [1, 2] ; Nishida, Marcio Makoto [2, 3] ; Carvalho Sampaio, Ricardo Aurelio [1] ; Moritani, Toshio [3] ; Arai, Hidenori [2, 4]
Total Authors: 5
Affiliation:
[1] Univ Estadual Campinas, Sch Phys Educ, Dept Adapted Phys Act, Campinas, SP - Brazil
[2] Kyoto Univ, Grad Sch Med, Dept Human Hlth Sci, Sakyo Ku, 53 Kawahara Cho, Kyoto - Japan
[3] Kyoto Univ, Grad Sch Human & Environm Studies, Kyoto - Japan
[4] Natl Ctr Geriatr & Gerontol, Kyoto - Japan
Total Affiliations: 4
Document type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Physical Therapy Science; v. 28, n. 4, p. 1266-1271, APR 2016.
Web of Science Citations: 10
Abstract

{[}Purpose] The aim of this technical note was to report significant differences in the tension forces of the different-sized Thera-band (R) elastic bands (Hygenic Corp.) determined by us versus the manufacturer. {[}Subjects] Two trained observers performed all measurements. {[}Methods] The tension force (kilogram-force units) of eight color-coded elastic bands (tan, yellow, red, green, blue, black, silver, and gold) with different resistance levels was measured at 10 different percentages of elongation (25% to 250% with 25% increments) using an electronic elongation gauge tensiometer. {[}Results] There were significant differences in the tension force of the elastic bands of different colors when compared in pairs (excepting the tan/yellow pair) at 100% and 200% elongation, as determined via one-way analysis of variance. There were no differences in the slopes for the tan versus yellow and green versus blue bands, as determined via linear regression analysis and one-way analysis of variance. Comparison of the tension force values obtained in our study with the reference values of the manufacturer (the t-test applied to the slopes) showed significant differences for five colors (yellow, green, blue, silver, and gold). {[}Conclusion] Our results indicate that the tension force values for Thera-Band elastic bands provided by the manufacturer are overestimates. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 14/07667-3 - Influence of muscle strength and power training on morpho-functional and cognitive aspects in frail older adults according to Kihon-training checklist
Grantee:Marco Carlos Uchida
Support type: Scholarships abroad - Research