Range of Motion: Full or Partial?

by: Len Kravitz, PhD

Research

Studies on young adults find advantages in performing both kinds of resistance training movements.

Research shows there’s a time and place for both full and partial range of motion in resistance training program design.

Some training systems purposely use partial ROM for various exercises. Moreover, certain surgeries and orthopedic injuries require partial-ROM movements during rehabilitation (Pinto et al. 2012). It seems natural for personal trainers to wonder which is superior: full ROM or partial ROM? ,/p> Two studies comparing the benefits of partial ROM and full ROM give a clearer view of the landscape.

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Fitness Journal, Volume 15, Issue 4

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About the Author

Len Kravitz, PhD

Len Kravitz, PhD IDEA Author/Presenter

Len Kravitz, PhD, is the program coordinator of exercise science and a researcher at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where he recently won the Outstanding Teacher of the Year award. Len was also honored as the 2006 Fitness Educator of the Year by the American Council on Exercise.