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Lower Extremity Perturbation Training

Taylor, Jeffrey B PT, DPT, CSCS

Strength & Conditioning Journal: April 2011 - Volume 33 - Issue 2 - p 76-83
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e318211aaaa
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PERTURBATION TRAINING FOR THE LOWER EXTREMITY INVOLVES CONTROLLED UNPREDICTABLE FORCES DIRECTED TO AN UNSTABLE SURFACE FOR IMPROVED EFFICIENCY OF STABILIZING MUSCULAR CONTRACTIONS DURING STANCE OR GAIT. IT IS A TYPE OF NEUROMUSCULAR TRAINING THAT REFINES NEURAL PATHWAYS TO PROMOTE EFFECTIVE MUSCULAR RECRUITMENT PATTERNS AND DYNAMIC JOINT STABILITY. COUPLED WITH OTHER NEUROMUSCULAR TECHNIQUES, PERTURBATION TRAINING HAS BEEN SHOWN TO BE EFFECTIVE IN PERIOPERATIVE TREATMENT OF ANTERIOR CRUCIATE LIGAMENT RUPTURE AND RECONSTRUCTION. THE EFFECTS OF TRAINING MAY ALSO BE BENEFICIAL IN THE PREVENTION AND REHABILITATION OF OTHER ATHLETIC INJURIES.

Guthrie Clinic Physical Therapy, Sayre, Pennsylvania

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Jeffrey B. Taylor is a physical therapist with Guthrie Clinic Physical Therapy.

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