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Six Isometric Exercises to Add to Your Workout ft. Dr. Adam Rivadeneyra

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Adam Rivadeneyra, M.D., orthopedic sports medicine doctor with HOI, shared six tips on how isometric exercises are important to physical therapy and rehab after injury with U.S. News:

  1. Core strength and balance. Doing isometric exercises can help build a stable core through the hips, pelvis and spine. A strong core is important for all athletic activity, Rivadeneyra says. Engaging in plank exercises, balancing on variable surfaces and doing static holds can create a "strong internal back brace," he says.
  2. Rebuilding strength after surgery. Keeping an injured body part immobilized while awaiting surgery, or after a surgical procedure, is sometimes an important part of a healthy recovery, Rivadeneyra says. "Activating your muscles surrounding the injury can improve recovery times and improve recovery strength if isometric exercises are started early on during the recovery phase, and even prior to surgery in many cases," he says. "Every injury and surgery is different, so it's best to follow your doctor's directions about safe pre-hab and post-op exercises."

Read about the other exercises here.