open kinetic chain

o·pen ki·net·ic chain

(ōpĕn ki-netik chān)
Physical activity in which the terminal end of a body segment is free; all joints can move independently.

open kinetic chain

exercise in which a distal body segment is free to move.
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The first set of desk exercises or "Scissors" challenges the pelvic area in "an open kinetic chain setting" which progresses into a functional position.
However, these studies have addressed a lower limb moving in an open kinetic chain, typically involving the kicking leg.
Over the past 10 years, isokinetics has become the exercise modality of choice for rehabilitating the lower extremity; however, a review of literature indicates that closed kinetic chain exercises have advantages over open kinetic chain exercises.
Analysis of the data suggests that open kinetic chain exercise (isokinetic training) did not lead to functional improvements on a closed kinetic chain activity (Rapid Step Test).